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Cardiology Patient Stories

Life-Saving Teamwork

One minute Chris Ward was unloading camping gear; the next minute, an aortic aneurysm stopped him in his tracks. Today, the 30-year-old Anamosa man is thankful for the remarkable collaboration of highly skilled cardiologists, led by Mercy Medical Center, who saved his life. Read more.

Put On Ice

Amy Watkins’ heart broke – literally. The 51-year-old was eating lunch one minute and unconscious the next when her heart simply stopped working correctly. Read more.

Tick... Tick... Tick...

What you don’t know could hurt you. If you don’t understand what the numbers mean in your cholesterol and glucose results, you could be a ticking time bomb for heart disease – the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. Read more.


Anamosa resident Larry Hahn has had cardiac catheterization and stents inserted twice – once with a femoral approach (through the groin), and the second time with a transradial approach (through the wrist). Read more.

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