Living to Race Another Day: A Triathlete’s Story

“I’m fine.” That is what 48-year-old Alexander “Alex” Corredor kept telling his doctor and paramedics as they rushed him to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.  Lucky for Alex, they knew better. Flashback to several weeks earlier.  Alex had been suffering from dizziness and feeling tired for weeks. The three-time IRONMAN triathlete could barely run 100 feet [Continue Reading]

Back to Feeling “Healthy & Spry” After Suffering a Carotid Artery Blockage

Lake Houston resident Sigrid Didonato loved to smoke, and for years enjoyed a cup of coffee and cigarettes each morning. Though she eventually quit, her years of daily use caught up to her. What she didn’t know at the time was her history of smoking combined with genetics and other risk factors were putting her [Continue Reading]

Battling Congestive Heart Failure at 29: A Young Mom’s Story

A year after having her first child, Erika Abbott received a diagnosis that shocked her doctors. At 29, the active, new mom considered herself in good health however, at night she found herself struggling to breathe. Initially doctors in the city where she was living at the time believed she had bronchitis, but after months [Continue Reading]

A Father’s Heart Disease Sparks a Son’s Lifelong Commitment to Stopping the No. 1 Cause of Death

Dr. Sanjay Maniar has a childhood memory of visiting his father in the hospital and being awestruck by the team of people who were taking care of his dad following an unexpected and urgent heart bypass surgery. Dr. Maniar was only 9 years old when his dad fell ill, went to the doctor for a [Continue Reading]

“I couldn’t eat a single meal without bellowing in agony.”

This month, we’ve been bringing you a variety of heart-related stories in recognition of American Heart Month.  Today’s blog shines a light on a lesser known heart and vascular condition called Mesenteric Artery Ischemia (MAI).  It can cause severe pain for those with this rare but treatable condition. Most common in adults over age 60, [Continue Reading]

Saving Her Valentine from a Deadly ‘WidowMaker’ Heart Attack

It’s a milestone that many couples dream of achieving: 50 years of marriage. “We met at Kansas State University and got married in 1965. Since then, we’ve had plenty of joyful times like the birth of our two sons and four beautiful grandchildren. But we’ve also faced things like a miscarriage, unemployment and cancer,” says [Continue Reading]