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New Heart Valve, New Lease on Life

Thomas Amabisca was no stranger to heart problems when his doctor noticed a little murmur five or six years go. Back in the 1980s, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that caused his heart to race at times.

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Patient Story: Jeff Rawlins

When Jeff Rawlins’ heartbeat became so irregular he had to visit the emergency room in 2020, he already knew its cause. He had been diagnosed with a bad mitral valve in 1994.

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Patient Story: Michael Healy

During a checkup with his primary care doctor, Michael Healy found out his pulse was elevated and his heartbeat irregular.

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From farmer to heart patient

Terry Charvet’s path from his life as a farmer in Washington’s Yakima Valley to Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular took many years, but today he’s glad he made the trip. About 15 years ago, Terry’s primary care doctor heard a murmur in Terry’s heart.

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Fixing a Broken Heart: From Acoma Pueblo to Portland

Miriam Salvador has always had a big heart for her heritage and culture. A resident of the Acoma Reservation in northwestern New Mexico, Miriam spends her free time sewing, designing Indian art and making traditional clothing.

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