Patient stories

Our Heart & Vascular Center is recognized nationwide for outstanding care. But don’t just take our word for it.

See what real patients have to say about the care they received at the Heart & Vascular Center.

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Cardiac symptoms are often different for women

Kathy Hook had been feeling peaked for a couple of weeks, but didn’t give it much thought. When she started having a sharp, stabbing pain in her chest each time she took a deep breath, she decided to go to the doctor.

   

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Gregg Brunner's heart stopping survival story is anything but typical

Gregg Brunner lived with heart problems for nearly 20 years. He experienced his first heart attack at 40 years old, his second at 50 and recently at 59 two more−following a stroke.

   

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New technology helps save cardiac patients’ lives

It is easy to blame weight gain, weakness and exhaustion on the aging process and poor eating habits, which is exactly what Jerry Nelson did.

   

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William Wood is “shocked” and awed by cardiac care

When William Wood’s primary care physician informed him that both his good and bad cholesterol were too high, he was surprised.

   

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Larry Higashi−aka “Miracle Man” −survives complex, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm

Larry Higashi’s day started like any other day. He went to his friend’s restaurant to visit over coffee, got into his truck to head to work and decided to make a quick stop at the post office.

   

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With emergent cardiac care and rehab, Bill Rohr never skipped a beat

At a routine eye appointment Bill Rohr’s ophthalmologist noticed his blood pressure was quite high. Bill wasn’t too concerned as he exercised regularly, practiced good eating habits and had recently been given a clean bill of health from his primary physician.

   

Surveillance cameras capture lifesaving team effort at Salem Hospital

Surveillance cameras capture lifesaving team effort at Salem Hospital

If it wasn't for this team at Salem Hospital I'd be dead," said John Juras, 61, of Salem. He started sweating and felt chest pains the morning of April fourth. "I just had a weird, strange feeling that something was definitely wrong," said Juras. "I remember telling her I needed to get to the hospital."

   

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Brawner opts for a carotid artery stent to fight against a stroke

Brawner had always felt “young” for her age. She was active in serving south County Good Neighbors in the Nesko Womens club, and volunteer activities in her church. However, she noticed her high energy level waning.

   

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92 year old Richard Bassien thrives after carotid stent is placed

Richard Bassien, a thriving 92 year old, could have fallen victim to a stroke or worse. Without any physical symptoms, Richard had no idea his carotid artery was a ticking time bomb.

   

Robert Vose

Robert Vose

A Salem Health heart patient has high praise for his cardiologist. “I have a deep feeling he helped me be alive today,” said Robert Vose.

   
Maria Caballero

Maria Caballero

It’s a common expression among heart doctors, nurses and other cardiac experts: “There’s no such thing as a routine heart study.” Maria Caballero is a perfect example of why that’s true.

   
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Howard Grimms

“I have been very well since the surgery, and I believe if I continue to take care of myself, I will be well for a long time,” says Grimms, who is now 84. “The wonderful clinical staff at Salem Hospital did a great job caring for me. I owe them my life."

   
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Patrick Mosey

Patrick Mosey, 64, of Salem, has a family history of heart disease and had two open heart surgeries. When his legs and calves began cramping and burning, he was treated successfully for PAD by vascular surgeon Mark Fleming, MD.

   
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John Salinas

For John Salinas, having a good attitude about protecting his heart health was just as healing as his two cardiac surgeries. The long-time Salem resident initially had a hard time accepting that he had some significant heart issues.

   
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Shannon Priem

"If you have a heart that tends to flutter—and you're not in love or scared—it's best to have it checked out," says Shannon Priem, a Salem Cardiovascular Center patient recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

   
Fred Spears

Fred Spears

“I am thankful Salem Hospital doctors quickly diagnosed my heart problem,” says Spears. “Don’t hesitate if you have symptoms that require surgery. Just get it taken care of. There is support for you throughout the whole process from surgery through recovery.”

   
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Deb Thomas

Deb Thomas may be one of the few people who like life insurance salespeople. Hers helped save her life.

 

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