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The metaphor “my heart skips a beat” usually refers to shock, but for atrial fibrillation patients, it’s a literal occurrence. An avid runner and relay racer, Mike Newhouse knew something was wrong when he started feeling his heart out of rhythm.
Talk about a detour to remember! Morgan Saxe was on her way back home to Wisconsin when, 30 miles from Cedar Rapids, she began experiencing what she thought was heartburn. She tried antacids, but still, the pain continued. Read more.
John "Rusty" Fritz was mowing when he felt a burning sensation in his chest. After he started feeling better, he quickly forgot about it. Later, Rusty experienced numbness in his leg that was hard to ignore. Read his story on page 4.
Hayley Ballew had a feeling something wasn't right as she nursed her newborn son, Carter. She and her husband noticed his head bobbed slightly with each breath and his chest retracted in unusual places. Read his story on page 6.
Persistent headaches and extremely high blood pressure sent Kathleen Gorski, 70, to Mercy Cardiology Clinic. She was going to get checked out, even though she didn't think the symptoms were caused by her heart. Read her story on page 10.
When 49-year-old Tom Jackson walked into Mercy Cardiology Clinic at the direction of his doctor, he thought he was dealing with a bad case of indigestion. But, the test results proved a life-threatening reality. Read his story on page 12.
After being dealt a heart attack, Melvin Kummerfeldt, 80, is "all in" today. When he and his wife, Marietta, went to Mercy's ER, tests showed he had had a heart attack and was in the middle of one. Read the rest of the story on page 18.
Two days before Vance Nunemaker's son would pitch for Prairie High School in the state championship baseball game, Vance shrugged off some danger signs his body was sending, attributing them to a case of the jitters. Read his story on page 10.
Anamosa resident Larry Hahn has had cardiac catheterization and stents inserted twice – once with a femoral approach (through the groin), and the second time with a transradial approach (through the wrist). Read more (PDF).
One minute Chris Ward was unloading camping gear; the next, an aortic aneurysm stopped him in his tracks. Today, the 30-year-old Anamosa man is thankful for the remarkable collaboration of highly skilled cardiologists who saved his life. Read more (PDF).
Amy Watkins’ heart broke – literally. The 51-year-old was eating lunch one minute and unconscious the next when her heart simply stopped working correctly. Read more (PDF).
Terry Repstein, 56, and Bill Dawson, 57, have been friends since elementary school. They both served in the Air Force and moved away and then back to Iowa. And, last year, they both underwent open heart bypass surgery just months apart. Read more (PDF).