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Pregnant Mother Nearly Dies from Flu, Recovers on ECMO

Legal secretary Kim Reyes never anticipated the trials ahead of her. She suffered with a nasty cough and fatigue for a full week before making a doctor’s appointment.

When Reyes arrived with difficulty breathing, the clinic immediately called an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. Once there, Reyes learned she had H1N1 and pneumonia. The H1N1 virus is the same strain that ignited the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

The bigger surprise was learning that she was pregnant and in her second trimester.

Within 24 hours, she was getting worse. Doctors told her she was dying and there were two lives at …

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Prior to Heart Transplant, Patient Used Braille-Adapted Device

Students at The University of Texas at Austin call him a walking miracle. Gene Brooks, PhD, a lecturer in the College of Education, lived with heart failure for 15 years before receiving a heart transplant in 2013.

Dr. Brooks was a fitness buff and never smoked. After being diagnosed with heart failure, he controlled his symptoms with medication for more than a decade.

In 2011, his symptoms changed. He began retaining fluid and was constantly exhausted. Both signs that his heart was no longer responding to the medication.

Dr. Brooks consulted with physicians who explained a ventricular assisted device, VAD, would be his …

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Cardiac Rehab Keeps Young Land Surveyor on the Move

Always on the go, Aaron Anderson is not used to slowing down. The thirty-something land surveyor found himself with no choice when he became ill in 2012.

Suddenly unable to catch his breath, along with very swollen legs and hallucinations, he was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. Several months earlier he was sidelined from work with the first hints of heart failure, difficulty breathing and constant fatigue.

Aaron was met with an unexpected medical diagnosis, pulmonary arterial hypertension. This rare disease involves the scarring and tightening of the blood vessels between the right side of the heart and the lungs. …

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Enjoying the Value of a Good Laugh Featured on

Seton Williamson program promotes the health benefits of happiness.

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New Heart Valve Clinic at Seton Heart Institute Featured on

The new heart valve clinic at the Seton Heart Institute offers the latest minimally-invasive procedures with various specialists all under one roof.

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Mountain Climber Find His Way Back to the Trails with VAD

Michael Gibbs has encountered rough terrain, but nothing prepared him for the massive heart attack he suffered in 2012. Just ten years earlier, he climbed Mount Everest and was in great physical fitness.

In sharp contrast to the intense physical challenges he took on, it was a quiet evening when Michael’s life changed dramatically. After going out for dinner, he came home to watch television. He felt nauseous, began sweating and experienced sharp chest pain.

He decided to wait until the next day to see Dr. O. Steven Gigliotti with the Seton Heart Institute. After thorough testing, it was determined that Michael …

Continue Reading New Cardiac MRI Reveals Hidden Heart Disorders

One Austin man and five of his relatives now have the chance at a much healthier life thanks to the genetic disorder revealed only through a cardiac MRI.

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Patient’s 27-Year Walk Around the World

Lakeway resident Ike Herrick was 50 years old when he suffered a heart attack while working overseas in Indonesia as an oil and gas exploration consultant. He was overweight, had a cholesterol reading of 270 and a scary family history of heart disease.

Thus began his long journey to better health – 24,901.55 miles to be precise, which is the distance around the world at the Equator.

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As Clock Ticks for Patient’s New Heart, a Race to His Front Door

“The first thing I heard when I woke up was ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump,” said heart transplant recipient Roger Browne, thumping his right hand against his chest as his eyes welled up with tears.”

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Meet the Doctor: Seton Williamson’s medical director of cardiology

“With a family eager to move back to Texas from Colorado, Dr. Michael Lenis joined the cardiology medical staff at Seton Medical Center Williamson in 2010.”

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EMS gets vital new heart monitors

“Heart issues are the leading cause of death in Texas, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths. Now, Austin-Travis County EMS has 79 new state-of-the-art cardiac monitors in every ambulance and command car in their fleet.”

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Seton Kingsland rises from ashes

“Seton Kingsland Healthcare Center finally had its grand opening Thursday after a fire that destroyed the building site caused a one-year delay.”

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CT Scan My Heart?

What is this Heart Healthy CT? How many possible tests can there be for my heart? It is getting a bit confusing trying to navigate the different tests from ECGs (or is it EKG?), to echocardiograms and stress tests.

Well, the Cardiac CT or Calcium score can provide very helpful information, especially for women. This test takes about 5 minutes. They do a CT Scan (aka Cat Scan) of the heart. We can not see all of the blood vessels completely during this quick scan. However, the computer can calculate the amount of calcium that has built up in the arteries …

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New dissolving stents help patients with artery blockage

“It’s not the first time Nancy Nalley has walked Seton’s halls. Last time she was there, she had two stents put in to help her heart.”

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Clinical Trial Testing Disappearing Device for Heart Disease Treatment Conducted at Seton Heart Institute

“Have clogged arteries going to your heart? A local institute is participating in a clinical trial involving a new device that opens a blocked vessel, restores blood flow – and then dissolves and disappears over time.”

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