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Cardiac Rehab Helps Woman Get Heart Healthy

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Mike Ayres

Helen “Snooky” Ward of Knoxville loves making people smile. She and her husband, Dallas, are professional clowns, entertaining crowds at local baseball games, community events and parties. But heart disease is no laughing matter to Ward.

On Father’s Day in June, Ward had her second heart attack and second cardiac stent procedure in seven years. Ward says even though she felt “heavy chested,” she didn’t think she was having a heart attack.

Dr. Mike Ayres placed a stent in her carotid artery and recommended that after her heart healed for a couple weeks, she attend the Fort Sanders Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program, also known as “CROP.”

Read the full story about how Dr. Mike Ayres treated Helen Ward with a cardiac stent.