Welcome to The Heartbeat. Each week you’ll find new stories from heart patients in Arkansas who have been treated at the Jack Stephens Heart Institute at St. Vincent. With a skilled and dedicated team of more cardiologists than any other group in the state we’ve connected Arkansas’ most experienced heart surgeons with the state’s largest team of cardiologists so they can work seamlessly with all the other specialists our heart patients often need. We’re making a difference for our patients across Arkansas by creating the state’s largest cardiovascular network around a single purpose: caring for the hearts of Arkansas.
Patients from across the state, who trust their cardiovascular care to the state’s most experienced heart surgeons and a group of 30 equally experienced cardiologists, have volunteered to tell their stories on The Heartbeat. You’ll see and hear their stories about how the quality of their lives has greatly improved. These patients have undergone complex surgical procedures; some so advanced that only a handful of the nation’s leading heart programs offer them. Others have experienced cardiac catherization at the Jack Stephens Heart Institute to relieve blockage in the arteries to their hearts, electrophysiology to correct irregular and rapid heartbeats and other procedures to correct heart conditions that have gone undetected since birth. Their stories can inspire you to change to a healthier lifestyle.
The Jack Stephens Heart Institute is making a world of difference right now, and will be for years to come. We’re investing $36 million in the most advanced technology available and introducing the state’s first cardiac hybrid room that’s both a cath lab and a surgical suite – so our patients can receive the most comprehensive heart care possible.
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Despite our best efforts to do all the right things, many of us may have a hidden risk for heart attacks that doctors are just now beginning to understand.
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Little Rock cardiologist discusses some of the myths of heart disease.
A new study from the University of Oxford finds vegetarians live longer than people who eat meat or fish.
Most of the time, fainting is harmless, but there are some cases where there is reason for concern.
A baby born back in October is being called a modern day medical miracle. She's headed home after being treated for being born with her heart on the outside of her chest.
Eating colorful berries may help prevent a heart attack.
Doctors are testing a new device that may help repair damaged hearts by stimulating the vagus nerve.
Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is the largest cause of natural death in the United States, causing about 325,000 adult deaths each year.
If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, here's something to consider: people who are vaccinated may have a lower risk of heart disease.
Some heart disease patients are too weak to get the operation they need, but now a new, minimally invasive technique gives new life to previously inoperable patients.
Some heart problems only show up when the heart is working hard or stressed, which is why if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or fatigue, especially while exercising, your doctor may recommend a nuclear stress test.
Cardiac Catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and treat heart conditions. Now, patients have an option as to how it is performed.
It's sometimes referred to as a natural bypass, a non-invasive way to increase blood flow to the heart for patients with persistent angina.
Many people get confused when it comes to distinguishing between defibrillators and pacemakers.
Just as you take your car in for a tune-up, your body needs check-ups every now and then, like this maintenance procedure for patients with an implanted cardiac device.
Cardiac CT is a heart scan that may be a more efficient way to diagnose blocked arteries in people complaining of chest pain.
Stress, exercise and emotion can all result in a normal increase in heart rate, but episodes that last for several hours or even days may need further investigation.
Millions of Americans choke down large fish oil supplements every day coughing up more than one billion dollars a year, based on the belief the pills can help prevent heart disease.
A large incision down the chest has been the standard in heart surgery for a long time, but there's another option now available and Little Rock's St. Vincent Health System is one of the few in the state that offers it.
200,000 American women die from heart attacks every year.
A man is searching for answers after his son and daughter are diagnosed with a congenital heart condition known as bicuspid aortic valve.
If you have ever experienced an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, your doctor may have recommended you see an electrophysiologist. Of course, you probably have many questions and concerns.
A woman from Pine Bluff who went to see her doctor about her gallbladder ended up a candidate for open-heart surgery to fix an aneurysm.
A family doctor may have saved the life of one 69-year-old Arkansan.
A new circulation study shows that the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest after arriving at the hospital are improving.
Researchers in Boston looked at five large studies on coffee consumption and its affect on the heart.
If aging, heart disease or other factors make your heart beat too slow, too fast, or irregularly, your doctor may recommend a pacemaker.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator taking the place of pacemakers for some heart patients.