A SWIMMER'S QUEST TO CONQUER HIP PAIN

When Heather Burger first felt pain in her hip 10 years ago, she didn’t know what to make of it. “It was quite a surprise to me. I had always lived a very active life: hiking, biking, aerobics. Around my 40th birthday, I had a pain in my right hip. I thought I just over-exerted …

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UW Medicine Sports Medicine Patient Kat Sweet

WHEN A CYCLIST NEEDS A HELPING HAND

Katrina “Kat” Sweet was 43 when the accident happened. “I’ve been riding mountain bikes since 1987. My dad bought me my first mountain bike. I’ve always loved getting out on the trails, challenging myself. There’s an element of risk that is exciting,” she says. A professional cycling coach and a competitive mountain biker, Kat is …

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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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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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