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Sanford Heart Patient Stories

When Every Second Counts

The Sanford Bemidji Heart and Vascular Center provides expert care when and where it’s needed most. And one man’s story of survival proves it.

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A High Risk

How knowing the signs and his own history saved one man’s life

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Reducing Stroke Risk in AFib Patients Permanently

When Elaine Finke discovered blood thinners weren’t a good option for her atrial fibrillation, she was relieved to have another choice – available only at Sanford Heart Hospital.

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A Happy Anniversary

It has been one year since Betty became the first person to undergo the TAVR procedure. Now she can live life the way she wants.

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Life Saving Speed

It’s called the widow maker, but hear how a retired physician survived a massive heart attack thanks to the STEMI team at Sanford Bemidji.

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Tiny Tools. Tiny Scars. Big Benefits for the Heart

Dr. Richard Rembecki was the first patient to receive a cardiac bypass using the latest minimally invasive robotic surgery. The procedure is not available anywhere else in the region, and helped the pulmonologist at Sanford Children’s get back to life and work quicker than with traditional bypass surgery.

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Dakota Resurrection

Halfway through the show, performer Steve Stark experienced a real-life heart emergency: sudden cardiac death. He’s alive today thanks to a chain-of-care that began in Ashley, N.D., and stretched clear across the state.

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Saving a Young Heart

At age 33, Michael Coequyt had no reason to think he was having a heart attack. Working together, his local clinic and Sanford Heart Hospital got him the immediate help he needed to heal his heart and ensure many more years with his children.

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38 Minutes to Life

When farmer Ryan Radermacher suspected a heart attack, he didn’t waste a minute. See how first responders, ambulances and more came together in rural North Dakota to rapidly connect him with high-level care.

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A New Lease on Life

Betty Christensen’s heart is full of love for friends and family, but a failing valve in that heart was threatening her future. Heart surgery: not an option at age 79. Sanford had a new way to save her heart and her life.

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