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A miracle off the court: HCA Healthcare physician performs life-saving heart procedure on former Harlem Globetrotter

Jay Middleton, a former Harlem Globetrotter, was rushed to the emergency room (ER) at affiliate Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, Texas after experiencing severe pain and chest pressure. HCA Healthcare physician, Dr. Kim de la Cruz, knew time was of the essence and swiftly performed a complex surgery to repair Jay’s aortic dissection, which ultimately…
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HCA Healthcare nurse saves father’s life with CPR

Nurses are hailed as heroes to many, but to Gene Foussadier, his guardian angel is his daughter. When Gene suddenly went into cardiac arrest at home, Ashley Foussadier – who doubles as his daughter and a surgical trauma nurse – quickly sprang into action to save his life. Read more about Ashley’s off-duty exemplary actions…
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HCA Healthcare heals tiny hearts through hope, cutting-edge treatment

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week is observed annually from February 7-14. Heart defects are the nation’s leading birth defect, affecting nearly 40,000 babies born each year. Thanks to advances in healthcare and the ingenuity of talented physicians, children born with congenital heart defects (CHDs) can go on to live full and healthy lives. This week…
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Heart valve replacement: What are my options?

HCA Healthcare has 31 million patient encounters annually–many of which involve the heart. The heart has four valves and heart valve disease can occur when one or more of the valves aren’t opening or closing properly. Heart valve symptoms can be managed with medications, but if the condition is severe, more intensive treatment may be…
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HCA Healthcare cardiologist: avoid holiday heart this New Year’s Eve

The period between Christmas and New Year’s Day is often filled with parties, holiday treats and cheer. For some, this period can also trigger heart problems and lead to heart attacks. Don’t fall victim to “holiday heart syndrome” by learning more below… A study released last year showed that the risk of heart attacks increases…
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Mick Jagger recovers from heart surgery; what to know about valve replacements

Even rock stars have to pause for their health. Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York last week, postponing the band’s upcoming U.S. tour. Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend – and also a huge thank you…
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