Vascular and Heart Disease Treatment Stories
Patient Anne Howell: “I have my life back, and it's even better than it was before."
thousands of adults and children from all over North Carolina come to the Wake
Forest Heart & Vascular Center. From preventive screenings to basic cardiac
procedures to the most complex and technical operations, we provide expert
care. We offer the latest in technology, devices and medication combined with personalized
care, to offer life-changing vascular and heart disease treatments.
Meet some of our patients and read their stories to learn more about vascular and heart disease treatments:
Vascular Disease Treatment Patient Stories
Jim Donnell's Story. Jim Donnell was an active retiree when a painful aneurysm struck. But thanks to a vascular surgeon who saved his leg, Jim’s hard work, and family who supported him through rehab, Jim is back to the life he loves.
Heart Disease Treatment Patient Stories
Amy Cooper’s Story. Amy lives
an active, normal life today, after receiving a surprising diagnosis after
giving birth: heart failure. Our team treated Amy for peripartum cardiomyopathy.
Keith Davis Story. Keith Davis is an active 40-something triathlete, who began experiencing signs of a stroke. Thanks to the help of an expert team of physicians, he's back to his training and his life.
Floyd Edminston’s Story. At 82, Edminston became one of the first people in the world to receive a
wireless pacemaker through a procedure at Wake Forest Baptist.
Sara Macy's Story. A chest X-ray revealed fluid in Sara's lungs. An echocardiogram revealed she had a blood clot and congestive heart failure.
Brian Grubb’s Story. Brian saved his heart by losing over
100 pounds through our cardiac rehabilitation program.
Ricky Haynes’ Story. “I just kept thinking about the generations to come and especially my
grandson,” says Ricky of his decision to join a stem therapy program after
suffering a severe heart
Anne Howell’s Story. “I have my life back, and it’s even better than it was before,” says
Sally Irvin’s Story. Sally didn’t realize she was having a heart attack – both times it
happened – because a woman’s symptoms are not the same as a man’s. Learn more
about women’s heart health.
Wayne Macemore’s Story. Wayne is healthy today after heart disease treatment and rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist after
his heart stopped beating for 17 minutes in 2009.
Melanie Messick’s Story. “Just because you have a congenital heart valve problem doesn’t mean an
end to living your life,” says Melanie, after undergoing surgery to repair
Jim Pepper’s Story. Jim got a surprise when he participated in one of our research
studies: “I had heart trouble and didn’t know it.” Learn more about research and clinical trials.
Anton Spagnoletti’s Story. Anton, a firefighter, credits the Heart & Vascular team for saving
his life after an on-the-job heart
Dolores Van Vorst's Story. While undergoing chemotherapy, Dolores Van Vorst was diagnosed with a bradycardia - an abnormally slow heart rate. She became the first Wake Forest Baptist patient to receive a new miniature wireless pacemaker.
Thomas Leroy Walls' Story. When heart patient Thomas Leroy Walls was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening clogged artery, he became the first patient at Wake Forest Baptist to get a new type of absorbable stent.
Aleta Whitten’s Story. After a successful heart
transplant surgery at 34, Aleta says, “Now I feel like I can do
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