• Bryan Durham with Dr. Jyothula

    Multidisciplinary Approach Gives Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Patient a New Chance

    September 9, 2019

    Houston Deputy Sheriff Bryan Durham recalls the day he first felt something was wrong. “I was arresting a suspect who had become combative. I wrestled him for about 30 seconds to get him into handcuffs, and it felt like I had fought for an hour. After I subdued him, I couldn’t catch m...

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  • The Lee Family's Story

    August 6, 2019

    After visiting Mr. Lee's Pearland convenience store one morning, as he had every day for 16 years, Officer Castillo noticed Mr. Lee didn't greet him as normal. As Officer Castillo turned the corner, he saw Mr. Lee laying on the ground bleeding from his head. "I told him to hang in there as the m...

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  • Oscar Botello

    Quieting a Traumatic Cardiac Storm

    January 31, 2019

    The team rushed Oscar to the heart catheterization lab to clear the blockages in the stent. But scar tissue from the heart attack had begun to form on his heart and he developed life-threatening arrhythmias called a ventricular tachycardia storm, basically, a severe electrical storm in his hea...

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  • Read about Saving George Grabowski’s Heart

    Saving George Grabowski’s Heart

    October 25, 2017

    George Grabowski, PhD, a physically active 64-year-old, is among those who benefited from the minimally invasive option. Last August, his internist Clifford Yut, MD, heard a heart murmur and referred Dr. Grabowski to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital for an echocardiogram. A diagnosis of se...

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  • Luis Perez

    Luis' Story: Management of Type B Aortic Dissection

    October 18, 2017

    Forty-six-year-old Luis Perez was driving with a friend on a Saturday night when he felt a small pain and a sensation of pressure in his middle upper back. He pulled over, called 911, and was immediately rushed to nearby Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and immediately transferred to the Memor...

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  • Floyd

    Floyd’s Story: a Family With Heart Trouble

    February 3, 2015

    Floyd went to the heart doctor because of a family history of heart disease and death. After experiencing consistent heart burn and indigestion symptoms he went to see the specialists at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute. After receiving a ventricular stress test, his physician said...

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  • Angelina

    Angelina: Heart Attack Survivor

    October 23, 2014

    Angelina was on an overnight flight in Louisville, Kentucky when she was awoken by strong heart palpitations. The very next day, she flew home to Houston, TX and saw a cardiologist. An echocardiogram showed an enlarged and weak heart. Dr. Jalal and the affiliated team at Memorial Hermann Southwes...

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  • Dawn

    Dawn's Story of Surviving a Heart Attack

    October 17, 2014

    Dawn Manuel, mother of four, was visiting her husband in the hospital when she began noticing symptoms of a heart attack: most notably, the feeling of someone sitting on his chest. This worried her enough to go to the emergency room at the bottom floor of the hospital and asked for an EKG. Soon a...

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  • Jennifer

    Jennifer’s Story: Heart Attack at 32

    February 17, 2014

    32-year-old Jennifer Cooper Cheak was playing with her 3-week-old baby and son when she started to feel tightness and pressure in her chest. A few minutes later, she experienced a heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital. She was transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where s...

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  • Clarence Fontenot

    Rare Double Heart Transplant

    February 11, 2014

    After receiving a heart transplant in 1994 due to a Sudden Cardiac Death attack, Clarence Fontenot experienced another heart attack two decades later. Fontenot was ready to keep fighting, and so were his physicians. 13 weeks later, Dr. Gregoric made an incision in Fontenot's chest along the ...

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  • Read about Steves Story Heart Transplant

    Steve's Story: Heart Transplant

    After several heart attacks and multiple unsuccessful attempts to manage his congestive heart failure, Steve sought a heart transplant team to begin a new journey. The process of heart transplantation can be daunting but the heart surgeons’ and specialists’ display of high competence ...

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  • Larry

    Larry’s Aortic Stenosis Story

    During a visit with his cardiologist Larry was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect: aortic stenosis. With this condition, the valve gets very tight and limits blood flow to the entire body. Larry was then referred to Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute affiliated cardiothoracic a...

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  • Venola Jolley

    Venola's Story: Hard-Won, Heart-Felt Victory

    Venola was so overcome with joy – and shock – at winning that the sweet victory did not sink in immediately. After all, it was only about 17 months after her lifesaving heart transplant. She had suffered from ischemic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease - also called coronary h...

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