For Kelly Garrett, a diagnosis of breast cancer was frightening enough. Just when she thought she was beating it, she learned that she was experiencing heart failure as a result of her treatment. Then a heart specialist helped her beat that, too.
“There was no warning, no nothing,” Karen Carr recalls of the December evening her husband’s heart stopped beating. Jeff Carr, a tall, lean construction worker at age 52, felt uncomfortable on the couch and decided to go upstairs to lie down.
When he was having the classic heart attack symptoms – he ignored them. At only 39, Phil felt it was too early to start worrying about a heart attack, even though he has a history of heart disease in his family.
As he mowed his lawn in Independence, Kentucky, James felt chest pain. At first, he thought it was indigestion from hot dogs he ate for lunch, but the pain grew unbearable. He started to sweat, and a dip in the pool and a cold shower didn’t cool him down.
At 74 years old, Linda Schwartz believes staying healthy should be a top priority. She also understands that to achieve that, she must maintain a good relationship with her doctors and have regular health screenings.
With a long history of driving a dump truck and farming on the side, Mike Adams knows the meaning of hard work. That’s why he became worried at age 46 when he was too weak to change a tire on his truck – something his 12-year-old son did with no problem.
Taking that first step to quit smoking is the hardest part for many people. For St. Elizabeth Healthcare Nurse Jessica Brungs, it was a step she knew that she needed to take – and the Smoking Cessation program was just the thing to help her take it.
Like many smokers, Teresa got hooked early in life. She smoked her first cigarette at age 12, back when it was the “cool” thing to do. Today, she is smoke free, and she will tell you it’s not easy. “You have to work your way through the bad stuff,” says Teresa. “Keep your eye on the prize. It gets better.”
Joyce Jacobs knows heart health, inside and out. As a Heart and Vascular Prevention and Wellness Nurse Navigator at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Joyce works with cardiac patients with the CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit (CVMHU) team. As an avid exerciser and healthy eater, Joyce wasn’t expecting the technician to find anything on her screening. What she learned came as a surprise.
When Ken Foltz found out he needed mitral valve repair, he figured he would need a traditional open-heart procedure and a long recovery. But thanks to the minimally invasive expertise at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, he was able to get back to doing what he loves within a few weeks of his diagnosis.
At the age of 90, Roy “Bud” Smith still had a lot of living to do. But with a failing heart valve, his options were limited until he learned about TAVR – a minimally invasive approach to valve replacement. Now 97, Bud was one of St. Elizabeth’s first TAVR patients.
As Susan Stahl woke up from hernia repair surgery last February – just before the coronavirus escalated – she had a strange feeling. And it wasn’t just her anesthesia wearing off.
“I felt like I had a big cement block on my chest,” remembers Susan. “It really hurt.”
Ruby Denny will never forget what happened to her one night in early March, just before the COVID-19 pandemic escalated. She was lying in bed, ready to fall asleep, and suddenly, she had a horrible feeling in her chest.
One day, 87-year-old Raymond Scheller realized that he could not walk to his own mailbox in Villa Hills without panting and running out of breath. After his TAVR procedure he was out of the hospital in two days and is back to enjoying life.
St. Elizabeth Edgewood has attained advanced certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as a Comprehensive Cardiac Center, placing us in an elite group of hospitals that have met high standards to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions.