Southern Hospitality

Bill Southern was going stir-crazy. Nearly two weeks after suffering a heart attack, he was still in bed at Northwest Hospital. But he couldn’t take it any longer; he had to get outside. So he informed his nurse he intended to make a getaway. That wasn’t happening, she told him. But if he could wait …

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Early Intervention Saves A Stroke Victim

Mary Baxter was having a pretty ordinary day. She’d been on home oxygen therapy for COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — for several months’ and was waiting for the oxygen tank delivery man that August morning. She got up from the couch and headed for the bathroom’ but something went wrong. “I remember my …

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LIFE-SAVING HEART SURGERY GIVES NEW OUTLOOK, ENERGY TO BUSY MOM

To watch Stacy Lindbom striding after her dog Bella on their daily walk or lifting weights during her workout at the gym, you would never imagine that six months ago, she was undergoing cardiac bypass surgery to prevent an imminent heart attack. Lindbom, 50, is a musician’s wife and mother of two teenagers, and has …

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A LIFE SAVED

It was a beautiful June day and 44 year-old John Villesvik was taking advantage of the good weather by working in his yard. After lifting some heavy bags of soil, he began to feel short of breath. When it continued, he decided to call 911. “I’d always been one of these really healthy guys, so …

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DOING THE HEART GOOD

Bob Knudsen, 69, has not let cardiac arrest, coronary artery disease (CAD) nor quadruple bypass stop his active lifestyle. The avid hockey and weightlifting enthusiast from Shoreline is in the gym every day at 5 a.m. for a workout. You would never know that he had suffered a cardiac arrest during a hockey match in …

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WHEN A STRONG HEART NEEDS HELP

Firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) Ray Sayah wasn’t just in good shape. At age 32, he was in peak condition. “I’m used to a lot of daily physical activity. Every year I do the Firefighter Stairclimb up the Columbia Center tower in Seattle. I snowshoe in the winter and I was training for an …

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THE VALUE OF LISTENING

Doris Diaz’ cardiovascular history has not been easy. Diaz, 68, who recently moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania, had lived for years with uncontrolled high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which ran in her family. She had suffered several strokes, caused by a 99% blockage in the carotid artery in her neck. She had …

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UW Medicine Patient Elsa Oliva

​A STRONG WOMAN.
A WEAKENED HEART.
A BOLD PLAN.

I don’t know how it is for most heart attack victims, but for me it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I’d have expected. I guess part of it is my nature: I try to be pretty levelheaded about things. Don’t get too excited or worked up.

But I have to give credit to the people helping me at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, too. They were all so professional and such great communicators, it really made the experience … well, I can’t say pleasant. But it could have been worse. A lot worse.

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