Sanford Heart Patient Stories

Words for the heart

Vicki Vance was sent a sign – a life-saving message that showed up at her doorstep printed in black and white.

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One simple step. One heart saved. One life improved.

“It was not a matter of ‘if’, but rather ‘when’ I would have a heart attack. The heart screen changed everything.”

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Screening Saves Lives

Receiving the appropriate screenings can help doctors identify abnormalities and cancer sooner, before they become a problem.

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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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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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