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Heart & Vascular

Cardiac Patient Grateful for Hoag Staff’s ‘Heart’

“I thought my stents were clogged. I didn’t know my heart was worse,” he said. “I woke up in the recovery room, and I found out I got a cardiac defibrillator put in, and I just broke down, crying. I was the last person in the department, and Cyndi just pulled up a chair and held my hand. It was probably the end of her shift, but she said, ‘I can sit with you for a while. I am not going to leave you.’ There are no words that can describe how much that meant to me.”

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Heart & Vascular

A Marfan Syndrome Patient Finds Confidence, Gratitude at Hoag

“Just knowing my son would be under the care of this amazing dream team of doctors was like winning the medical lottery!” said Lisa.

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Heart & Vascular

Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Patient ‘Good as New’

“I wake up and I’m on the fifth floor, looking out at the blue ocean and sailboats,” he said. “I felt like, ‘This is Heaven.’”

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Heart & Vascular

Robert Blayden Calls TAVR 'A Gift'

“I am fortunate that my primary care doctor referred me to Dr. Myla and that he was aware of TAVR. His skill sets enabled me to go through this procedure,” he said. “I have had a win-win with good medical support.”

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Heart & Vascular

After 10 Years, David Feels His TAVR Procedure Was a Lucky Break

“Hoag has always been a place I felt confident in. It is leading-edge in terms of their facility and their specialists. This is not a university medical center, but it has built a reputation around its quality and innovative care.”

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Heart & Vascular

Stu News Publisher Has a New Appreciation for Hoag

“Hoag is an extraordinary place. Their doctors are the best in the business, and their programs are nationally renowned.”

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Heart & Vascular

Genetic Heart Disease & the Importance of a Heart Healthy Life

“I would never go anywhere other than Hoag because the care you receive there is so substantially different than any other hospital,” Gary Leibowitz said. “You get the sense that the nurses and physicians love what they do.”

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Heart & Vascular

Hoag Gave Jenny Murphy What Her Heart Desired

“We assumed we couldn’t have children. I look at my three kids, and I think, ‘Dr. Raney gave me this.’ He worked so hard and sacrificed time with his family to give me mine.”

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Heart & Vascular

Valve Replacement Without Opening the Chest

“I didn’t want open-heart surgery. I am thankful for the development of this technology. I’m living in a wonderful age.”

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Heart & Vascular

Living Proof that Hoag Heals Heart to Heart, One

From generation to generation, Hoag has improved — and many times, saved — lives, including mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters. And grandfathers and grandsons. Sean Porter is reminded of that fact every time he looks into his grandfather’s eyes. Bill Porter had a heart attack and subsequent heart surgery by a … Continued

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