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Woman’s Heart Blockage Treated with Procedure thru Wrist

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

Judith Hodge sees people with heart disease every day. As a staff member of the Fort Sanders Heart Center, she well knows the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. But, when Judith herself began experiencing chest pains off and on, she dismissed the warning signs. She spent the night in the hospital and in […]


Fort Sanders Cardiac Rehab Gets Dancer Back on Her Toes

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

Before coming up with her walking routine, 79-year-old Jin Gaston attended Fort Sanders Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program for 12 weeks after her quintuple bypass surgery. The program instructors taught her the importance of exercising to recover from the heart surgery that likely saved her life. “My doctors say I was a walking heart time bomb,” […]


Wife Saves Stubborn Husband from Heart Attack

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

If there’s one thing 57-year-old Eddie McMillan of Knoxville has learned in the last year, it’s not to argue with his wife, Teresa, in the middle of the night. Last June, McMillan had been having shortness of breath for about a month. He made an appointment with Knoxville Heart Group cardiologist Dr. Daniel Slutzker for […]


Quick Medical Action Helps Knoxville Man Survive Heart Attack

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

One day last summer, 60-year-old Charlie Morgan enjoyed a hearty lunch with the Knoxville QuarterbackClub at a local restaurant. He is used to sharing a steak with fellow UT Vols fans and serves on the boards of both the Quarterback Club and the Big Orange Club. But that afternoon, Morgan began to feel a heaviness […]


Heart Vest Saves Man from Cardiac Arrest

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

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 […]


Quick Door-to-Balloon Times Save Lives

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Joshua Todd

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. Joshua Todd

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. Joshua Todd

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 […]