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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.


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.


You were there when I needed you.

After a bout of shingles and neuropathy Virginia began experiencing pain and numbness in her legs. Her right leg and foot was also cold all the time. Working with her primary care physician, they were able to diagnose Virginia with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).


Patient travels from Guatemala for minimally invasive sutureless valve surgery

After 33 years as a police officer Jim Hupe has retired and now enjoys sailing around the Caribbean and building a house in Guatemala. Thanks to a minimally invasive heart valve replacement from Dr. Tom Molloy at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular Jim is back to living his life after a short recovery time.


A Heartfelt Year

About a year ago, our family set out to make some heart-healthy diet changes. Based on diet changes recommended by Dr. Anabel Facemire, a cardiologist with Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular, we decided to give our kitchen a chance to improve our heart health.