Patient Stories

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A Heart Rhythm Back on Track

After running his first marathon in November 2010, Todd Smith was in the best shape of his life. At 49 years old, he felt great. So it came as a surprise in early 2011 when he started having frequent bouts of unexplained lightheadedness.

Heart rhythm patient Todd Smith (left) and…

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Clinical Trial Helping Kids with Peanut Allergies

Luke and Mary Roberts

Everywhere Luke Roberts goes, his parents must worry about peanuts.

If 7-year-old Luke eats peanuts, he could vomit, break out into hives or even stop breathing. Avoiding them isn’t as simple as passing up on Snickers bars. Many processed foods contain trace amounts of peanuts. Luke once…

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New Heart Valve Treatment Uses Hybrid OR

Sidestepping a Third Open-Heart Surgery

“For the most part, I live the life of an average 24-year-old graduate student,” says Brandon Conroy.

But like others born with congenital heart defects, he’s also in the hospital a lot.

He has been through two open-heart surgeries:

  • The first at age 5 to fix a series…
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