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    Joe - Restoring a Life Knocked Out of Rhythm (376)Joe - Restoring a Life Knocked Out of Rhythm

    It was a perfectly ordinary day at work. Joe, age 51, felt just fine that morning when he came to work. He was busy working at his desk when he felt his heart suddenly start beating incredibly fast.
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    Dean - A Thriving Infant After Heart Surgery (372)Dean - A Thriving Infant After Heart Surgery

    When Dean's pediatrician, Kristin Friend, M.D., visited him for a routine newborn checkup the following morning, however, she delivered devastating news to Angie and her husband Chris.
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    William - TT Maze Controls Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (367)William - TT Maze Controls Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

    "I'm a try-athlete. I'll try anything once," proclaimed William Ayres. William, 88-years-young and retired, enjoys tennis, golf, skiing and other active pursuits.
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    Earl -  Transplant Patient Gets New Heart...and New Earl - Transplant Patient Gets New Heart...and New "Family"

    Earl Lovell was a long way from his Suisun City home when his life was saved after suffering a massive, life-threatening heart attack.
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    Keira B. - Tiny Fighter  (362)Keira B. - Tiny Fighter

    Crystal and her husband Bobby were excited when they found out they were expecting their first child, and everything about their pregnancy was routine up until Crystal's sixth month. At a routine ultrasound appointment the imaging technologist was unable to find the baby's heart. Crystal and Bobby were referred to Dr. Stan Wright, pediatric cardiologist with Sutter Children's Center.
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    George - Survived Ventricular Fibrillation Attack (356)George - Survived Ventricular Fibrillation Attack

    George had never had heart trouble. On September 4th, that changed quickly and dramatically. Thanks to his fast acting wife and the Sutter Heart Team, he beat the odds and survived a lethal ventricular fibrillation.
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    Ethan - Never Give Up (296)Ethan - Never Give Up

    Born with a heart defect, Heather knew there was a chance that the baby she was carrying was at a higher risk for also having a congenital heart condition. When she was 23 weeks pregnant, she had a level 2 ultrasound with one of Sutter’s perinatologists and it was then that the doctor suggested they have Stanley Wright, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist, review the imaging. Dr. Wright let Heather know that her fetus showed characteristics that indicated a heart condition, but that they would have to follow-up a few weeks later when they could see more to provide a diagnosis. 
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    Lachlan - Little Guy, Big Heart  (283)Lachlan - Little Guy, Big Heart

    As with most new parents, Ian and Jennifer were overjoyed with the arrival of their first born, a son named Lachlan.  And as they prepared for their two week check up with their pediatrician they were prepared to talk about Lachlan’s feeding and sleeping schedule – and not as prepared to hear that their baby had a heart mummer.
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    Roger - Living Life to its Fullest Thanks to Modern Technology (282)Roger - Living Life to its Fullest Thanks to Modern Technology

    As an electronic engineer by profession, Roger spent decades of his life designing circuits and fixing systems. But one connector he couldn’t fix was the flow to his heart.
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    Carol - New Hope for Limb Salvage (281)Carol - New Hope for Limb Salvage

    Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 2 years old, Carol has spent her life managing her diet, monitoring her blood sugar, and dealing with complications of her disease.
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    Jimmy Jo and Kirk - Taking on Atrial Fibrillation as a Team (274)Jimmy Jo and Kirk - Taking on Atrial Fibrillation as a Team

    “I felt like I had just run a marathon…all the time,” says Jimmy Jo, describing the effects of persistent atrial fibrillation.
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    Gary and Priscilla - Sharing the Journey Through Life-Threatening Atrial Fib (273)Gary and Priscilla - Sharing the Journey Through Life-Threatening Atrial Fib

    Medication therapy was unable to control the symptoms of Gary’s atrial fibrillation and had put him in the hospital more than four times over a six month period.  But Gary’s luck brought him to Sutter where he was able to have a life saving cryoablation procedure.
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    Michael - Atrial Fibrillation No Longer Slows Him Down (272)Michael - Atrial Fibrillation No Longer Slows Him Down

    Michael lived years coping with the symptoms of atrial fibrillation.  Slowly the condition was taking its toll on his body and Michael found himself unable to do the things he enjoyed.  It wasn’t until he was referred to Sutter that his life began to turn around.
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    La Vonne - A lucky one, after all (271)La Vonne - A lucky one, after all

    A former employer dubbed La Vonne “lucky one” in Chinese after she helped turn around his struggling business. But there have been times La Vonne wondered if the name fit.
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    Hadi - Playing the hand nature dealtand winning (267)Hadi - Playing the hand nature dealtand winning

    Every family passes along distinctive traits—green eyes, curly hair, a particular shape of nose. In Hadi’s family, one of those traits is heart disease severe enough to cause heart attacks at early ages.
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    Hazel - Cruising Along Thanks to New Procedure (266)Hazel - Cruising Along Thanks to New Procedure

    Hazel wasn’t able to do the things she loved because of aortic stenosis, until a new minimally invasive procedure known as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement changed her life.
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    Coralia - Back to Being a Mom (261)Coralia - Back to Being a Mom

    Coralia was a healthy happily married 34 year old woman with 3 beautiful children with no idea her life was going to make a dramatic turn for the worse.
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    Jean - New Device Offers Piece-of-Mind (260)Jean - New Device Offers Piece-of-Mind

    Jean has always considered herself pretty lucky.  Having had bypass surgery  at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento more than 19 years ago and never having another cardiac incident since is considered a medical phenomenon.
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    Nicholas - Born with a Heart Defect - Now Brings Hope (244)Nicholas - Born with a Heart Defect - Now Brings Hope

    If you were to watch 19-year-old Nick shoot hoops with his friends or play golf on his collegiate team, you would see the picture of health.  But underneath his golf polo is a scar on his chest – a little reminder of all he has overcome to be the athlete, son, brother and student he is today.
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    Laura - Nothing Textbook About It (243)Laura - Nothing Textbook About It

    “It started in March. I had just finished teaching at my daughter’s school and was walking to my car when my heart started to hurt. It was very intense and in about two minutes it was gone,” Laura said.
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    Chase - All-Star Athlete despite Heart Surgery at Birth (17)Chase - All-Star Athlete despite Heart Surgery at Birth

    Chase was diagnosed with transposition of the great vessels, a congenital heart defect in which the two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart -- the aorta and the pulmonary artery -- are switched.
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    Chris - Managing Stress and Keeping her Heart Healthy (119)Chris - Managing Stress and Keeping her Heart Healthy

    Chris felt fine. Sometimes she would get short of breath when walking to her car, but after she sat in her car for a few minutes her chest would open up and she would feel normal again.
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    Alex - Heart Surgery Keeps Her Healthy (20)Alex - Heart Surgery Keeps Her Healthy

    Roxana and Brian were devastated to learn that their daughter, Alexandra, has a congenital heart defect. "We found out right after she was born. She was diagnosed with Ebstein's anomaly – an extremely rare heart condition," says Roxana. "The good news is that it is manageable. The bad news is that Alex may need heart surgery every several years in order to lead a normal life."
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    Susan - New Heart, New Life (122)Susan - New Heart, New Life

    Susan has been on the cusp of modern medicine her whole life. Having been born with a heart defect, she is no stranger to heart conditions.
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    Jill - Heart Transplant Patient Builds Her Own Family After Triumphing Over Condition (21)Jill - Heart Transplant Patient Builds Her Own Family After Triumphing Over Condition

    When Jill was born in 1973, she had blue baby syndrome. Her parents would later learn that she was born with a severe heart defect and was missing both an atrium and a ventricle.
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    Tyler - From football to heart surgery and back again (25)Tyler - From football to heart surgery and back again

    When the nurse at urgent care told Terri that her son had a cardiac abnormality, she didn't believe it. After all, Tyler was the picture of health – an active high school senior and quarterback of the football team. Earlier that day, Tyler told his parents that he was having heart palpitations at practice. To be on the safe side, Terri and her husband took Tyler to an urgent care center where they ran tests that revealed a heart problem. Terri then took Tyler to a different medical provider for a second opinion. There, they confirmed a heart abnormality and insisted Tyler go to the local hospital for treatment.
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    Candy - Tired of Sedentary Life (126)Candy - Tired of Sedentary Life

    Candy was a healthy, active middle-aged woman until a heart condition slowed her down a few years ago. She began experiencing episodes of shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness and was soon diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
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    Howard - Heart Attacks and No Heart Damage (128)Howard - Heart Attacks and No Heart Damage

    Howard is no stranger to health issues. Having had three heart procedures, his colon and gall bladder removed, and even kidney stones, he knows a little bit about living with health conditions.
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    Dorothy - A Heart-Felt Partnership (130)Dorothy - A Heart-Felt Partnership

    One look at Dorothy Britt's broad smile and twinkling eyes, and you can tell that this is a woman who truly loves life. The mother of three sons and two daughters, Dorothy dealt with the tragic loss of one of her daughters in adulthood. Yet this vivacious 80-year old has the kind of positive outlook on life that easily rubs off on everyone around her. Given her infectious enthusiasm, you wouldn't know that she struggles with heart failure.
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    Dr. Farrell - Patient Says Healing Process Includes Thanking those Who Helped Save Him (134)Dr. Farrell - Patient Says Healing Process Includes Thanking those Who Helped Save Him

    By trade, Dr. Farrell is a physical therapist who has helped countless patients for more than 30 years. However, he never envisioned himself on the flip side, but that was exactly what happened the following year when he suffered cardiac arrest while at a friend's home in Rocklin.
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    Bob - A Match he Wont Forget (136)Bob - A Match he Wont Forget

    One Saturday morning while playing an aggressive match of tennis with a few friends, Bob did something out of the ordinary: He bent down to pick up the ball ... when he stood up, a wave of dizziness hit him like a ton of bricks.
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    John - From Doctor to Patient (138)John - From Doctor to Patient

    A retired orthopedic surgeon, John remembers helping his daughter study anatomy when she was in nursing school. Today, his daughter, Stephanie Baroni, is a cardiac nurse - a career choice that played a hand in saving her dad's life.
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    Larry - Breakthrough Technology Saved my Life (144)Larry - Breakthrough Technology Saved my Life

    Unlike most heart attack patients, Larry, an attorney/arbitrator, had no symptoms leading up to his massive heart attacks last December.
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    Kenneth - Less Invasive Surgery Synchronizes a Heart and Restarts a Life (146)Kenneth - Less Invasive Surgery Synchronizes a Heart and Restarts a Life

    “Bring it on,” said Kenneth, a recently retired 62-year old who swims for 50 minutes several times a week.  While that fitness level may be uncommon for men Kenneth’s age, it’s especially surprising for a man who had to rest after climbing a flight of stairs not long ago. 
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    Bruce - Tiny Device, Big Change (161)Bruce - Tiny Device, Big Change

    "Interesting," said Bruce. That was the only word he could come up with as he reclined in the cath lab and watched the screen that showed his heart being poked with a device while the doctor repaired two damaged vessels.
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