Heart Disease Stories Needed
Are you or someone you know a woman who has been affected by heart disease? St. John Health System is pleased to partner with 108 Contemporary for Matters of Dis-Ease, an art exhibit of red dresses meant to bring attention to women’s cardiovascular disease. The artist, Susan Taber Avila, is collecting brief personal stories to include in the exhibit. We invite you to share these stories to be a part of the exhibition, held August 7-September 20 at 108 Contemporary in the Brady Arts District.
St. John Heart Institute Your Heart’s In the Right Place
St. John has been a leader in comprehensive cardiovascular care for decades. We pioneered many cardiovascular treatments in Tulsa, including the first pacemaker implant, first bypass surgery and first angioplasty.
Heart attack and stroke often come without warning. Find out your risk for heart disease with five screenings offered at the St. John Heart Institute. No physician referral is necessary. Call 918-744-0123 to schedule your appointment.
Thomas - Heart InstituteThomas Mason
After open-heart surgery in 1996, Thomas Mason learned he could never undergo another open-heart procedure.
In 2009, after being diagnosed with aortic stenosis, Mason knew afternoons in his workshop would be few and far between. Thankfully, he was referred to Dr. Tom Kalapura,an expert in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure that allows replacement of heart valves without opening the chest. “I had no pain and couldn’t believe how great I felt,”Mason says. After 36 weeks in St. John Cardiac Rehab, he’s back at his workbench, wearing the smile of a man with many more years of tinkering and creating to enjoy.
David - St. John Medical CenterDavid Harrison
After suffering a heart attack in 2008 and receiving care at St. John Medical Center, David, who is hearing and vision impaired, and his wife began exploring cardiac rehab options. St. John's dedicated cardiac rehab team had the perfect answer. Learning that David was a swimmer in his youth, the St. John staff formulated a customized cardiac rehab swimming program through St.John Health Club to meet David's unique needs.
Jara - Heart Institute Jara Herron
Ten days after giving birth to her sixth child, Jara suffered a heart attack from a collapsed artery. She was transported by air ambulance to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated by Dr. Thomachan Kalapura. After having six stents put in her heart and multiple surgeries to keep her alive, Jara was able to return home and begin her miraculous recovery.
John - Heart Institute John Lee
John Lee first noticed his racing heart in 2005. In 2009, the week of his daughter's wedding, two episodes landed him in the emergency center. Atrial fibrillation, the most common of irregular heartbeats, affects more than 2 million people in the United States. Lee underwent a surgical procedure for his condition in 2010, performed by St. John surgeon Mark Milton, MD; today he is free of arrhythmia medications and blood thinners, and does heavy labor without worry.
Arctic Front Cryoballoon
The Arctic Front Cryoballoon delivers a refrigerant through an inflatable balloon to freeze tissue and disable unwanted electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation. Combined with a complete program of treatment, this method may improve quality of life and eliminate or reduce the unpleasant symptoms of atrial fibrillation like shortness of breath, fatigue or weakness.
St. John Heart Institute’s cath lab utilizes The Impella® 2.5, which is the world's smallest heart pump. It’s smaller in circumference than a pencil and about 10-12cm in length at the end of a small catheter and can be inserted within minutes with no surgery.