Heart Patient Stories

Patient stories about heart health

July 1, 2015

UAMS Stroke Team Provides ‘Miracle’ for DeWitt Man

Kelly Gardner

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

Kelly Gardner

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…

December 19, 2014

UAMS Performs First Heart-Stopping Surgery to Repair Aneurysm

Katrina Dupins

Ashley Bell’s heart stopped beating while she was on the operating table. But that was exactly what her doctors intended.

July 22, 2014

‘Perfect Storm’ Saves Life of UAMS Faculty Member

Spencer Watson

July 22, 2014 | The first person to see Paul Thaxton slumped in a chair in the lobby of the Administration West building initially thought he was asleep.

July 10, 2014

Not a Second to Spare

Kelly Gardner

UAMS Leads New Statewide Trauma System as a Level One Trauma Center Ashley Machado drifted off to sleep in the back seat of her car as a friend drove it on icy Highway 70 east of North Little Rock the evening of Jan. 11, 2011. She awoke to screams, a crash – and then nothing….

February 11, 2011

Searcy Mom, Teacher Thankful for Stroke Program

David Robinson

Feb. 11, 2011 | Double vision was the first symptom Ticia Covington, 25, of Searcy noticed while she was getting ready for her fifth day as a school teacher.

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