Patient stories about heart health

October 27, 2020

UAMS Lincoln Project Aims to Reduce Prevalence of Heart Disease through Grassroots

Amy Widner

“Heart disease is about lifestyle – habits are more impactful than heredity,” said Irion “Chip” Pursell, M.P.H., RN, B.S.N., and director of Cardiology Research in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. Laura Bourdie is research operations manager for the UAMS Lincoln Project.

A million people in Arkansas are living with heart disease – that’s a third of the population – and it puts them at risk for health complications and early death. Exactly why this is the case and how it can be addressed in a holistic way long before these Arkansans end up in an emergency…

March 17, 2020

Student Doesn’t Miss a Beat with New Leadless Pacemaker

Katrina Dupins


Last year at this time, Catherine (Kathi) Clevenger was running an average of six miles every day and would spend her free time studying at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. But around August, she noticed something was off. She would occasionally experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fainting. “Sometimes I would wake…

February 3, 2017

Mena Woman with AFib Back to Enjoying Life

Katrina Dupins

Glenna Love UAMS

Feb. 3, 2017 | Glenna Love enjoyed spending time in her garden, writing as a member of the writers’ guild and traveling the world. “We’ve had a great life,” said the 74-year-old from Mena. Love and her husband of 34 years, Robert Tomlinson, enjoy the memories they have of traveling across the sea to countries…

May 9, 2016

Star City Man First at UAMS to Receive Z-Fen Graft

Benjamin Waldrum

May 9, 2016 | Glenn Harvey didn’t know he had an aortic aneurysm. Thanks to a new procedure, performed for the first time at UAMS in March, he still can’t feel a thing. Mohammed Moursi, M.D., chief of vascular surgery and program director of the vascular surgery residency program at UAMS, performed the procedure on…

August 3, 2015

Monticello Woman’s Irregular Heartbeat Cured at UAMS


For most of us, the electrical impulses that keep our heartbeat steady are rarely given much thought. But when the circuitry goes haywire, as it did for Glenda Kay Newton Wood of Monticello, finding the right physician is critical. After nearly four years and two heart bypass surgeries, the situation was dire when Wood found…

Cardiovascular: Heart Smart


When Essie Ashford arrived at UAMS one morning in January, her left main coronary artery was so critically narrowed that she immediately needed a stent procedure just to survive long enough to make it into surgery. A dedicated trauma elevator in the Emergency Department rushed the 65-year-old widow from Little Rock up to the state-of-the-art…

Telemedicine Key to Physician’s Stroke Recovery


Telemedicine Key to Physician’s Stroke Recovery Robert Scott, M.D., on Dec. 9 lost almost all control he had over the right side of his body. He was having a stroke. Less than three hours later, he had regained all its function with help from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) neurologist Sami Harik, M.D.,…

July 9, 2015

‘Pathway’ Helps Crossett Man Survive Ruptured Aorta


When Frank Englerth’s aorta began to rupture, the stabbing pain high in his back woke him in the middle of a cold February night. It was the beginning of what could have been the end for Englerth, 74, who lives on the Saline River deep in southeastern Arkansas, nearly a three-hour drive from Little Rock….

July 1, 2015

UAMS Stroke Team Provides ‘Miracle’ for DeWitt Man


Shannon Bullock rushed to her husband, David, when she saw him fall on the steps of their family crop dusting business in DeWitt. What happened next speaks to the life-saving power of timely, appropriate treatment that is now available across Arkansas when someone has a stroke. Shannon, an EMT, took the first critical steps: She…

June 30, 2015

Patient Receives Stents and Bypass – a UAMS First


Patricia Ernst questioned her heart surgeon, UAMS’ Gareth Tobler, M.D., when he proposed a unique solution to blockages in three of her coronary arteries. “Do you mean I’m going to be a guinea pig?” Ernst asked before being reassured that her treatments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences would be in her long-term…

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