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Heart Vest Saves Man from Cardiac Arrest

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

Gerald Lawson admits he was “darn lucky” to survive his first heart attack. But he calls it “a miracle” that he’s alive to talk about his second and third heart attacks. He credits both God and a device called “LifeVest” with saving his life. “The vest protects patients with a high risk of sudden cardiac […]


Dr. George Krisle’s Prescription for Good Cardiac Health

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

Heart disease is the number one health issue in our country today. Obesity and smoking are two ofthe main reasons why. And, adds Krisle, “I learned the hard way that you can’t outrun your familyhistory.” Krisle’s grandfather was a smoker and passed away suddenly when he was 58 yearsold. His father smoked one pack a […]


Quick Door-to-Balloon Times Save Lives

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

During an acute heart attack every moment counts. Door-to-balloon time – the amount of time beginning when the patient arrives at the emergency room to the opening of the blocked artery causing the heart attack– is critical in these types of cases. Read more about the importance of quick door-to-balloon times.


A New Lease on Life

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

Darrell Wolfe had suffered a heart attack in 1994 and believed he was having another. “I told my supervisor, ‘I don’t feel too good.’” Dr. Mike Ayers, the doctor who successfully treated him in 1994. Dr. Ayres had Wolfe taken directly to the cath (cardiac catheterization) lab. The team opened his blocked artery in only […]


Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Awarded for Commitment and High Standard of Care for Heart Attack Patients

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s Cardiology Department is the recipient of the 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® – 2012 GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award. FSRMC is one of just 164 hospitals nationwide to receive this designation. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care […]


Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Awarded for Prompt Emergency Cardiac Care Initiative

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

The American Heart Association has presented Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center with the 2012 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The Mission: Lifeline program helps ensure prompt emergency cardiac care according to the latest AHA guidelines. The American Heart Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% of […]


Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Awarded for Patient Care Improvement

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

The 2011 Gold Performance Achievement Award ACTION Registry®- GWTG™ was presented to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for the demonstration of achievement by sustaining performance measures in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients through the implementation of ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ and in-hospital initiation of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Guideline recommendations.


Teenager Sarah Hill Undergoes Ablation to Restore Heart’s Rhythm

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Dr. David Wood

From the time Sarah Hill was in 7th grade, she knew something was wrong. The Maryville resident says she began to feel a strange fluttering her heart,