Patient Stories

Unique multidisciplinary treatment for vascular malformations at  UNC Health Care

Unique multidisciplinary treatment for vascular malformations at UNC Health Care

Vascular interventional radiologist Joseph Stavas, MD, professor of radiology in the UNC School of Medicine, and clinician in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, works with UNC physicians from 14 different departments to provide comprehensive care for vascular malformations.

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"I would not have made it without UNC" - A Patient Success Story: UNC Aortic Disease Management

"I would not have made it without UNC" - A Patient Success Story: UNC Aortic Disease Management

Mark Farber, MD, Director of Aortic Disease Management in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, successfully treats patient from Charlotte, NC in aortic aneurysm clinical trial

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A Fighting Spirit and a Grateful Heart: UNC Wound Care patient goes home for the holidays

A Fighting Spirit and a Grateful Heart: UNC Wound Care patient goes home for the holidays

Blair Keagy, MD, treated patient Patricia Griffith using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in UNC's state-of-the-art hyperbaric treatment facility.

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‘I got my life back’ - A UNC Patient’s Journey Towards Heart Health

‘I got my life back’ - A UNC Patient’s Journey Towards Heart Health

As an interventional cardiologist in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, Michael Yeung, MD, performs less invasive structural heart procedures to help cardiology patients regain a healthy heart

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After suffering from open wound for almost two years, patient in UNC Center for Heart and Vascular heals in a matter of weeks as participant in clinical trial

After suffering from open wound for almost two years, patient in UNC Center for Heart and Vascular heals in a matter of weeks as participant in clinical trial

Patient Jessica Riley was referred to the UNC Wound Healing Center, part of the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, for her venous leg ulcer and entered a clinical trial led by William Marston, MD **Graphic images included**

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"Feeling Fine"

"Feeling Fine"

A positive patient experience working with the UNC Open Access Referral Center to treat atrial fibrillation

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The Rita and Eric Bigham Cardiology Special Project Fund brings young Afghan girl to UNC for life-saving cardiac care

The Rita and Eric Bigham Cardiology Special Project Fund brings young Afghan girl to UNC for life-saving cardiac care

Rita and Eric Bigham of Chapel Hill have partnered with UNC Cardiovascular Medicine and the Medical Foundation of North Carolina to provide medical treatment for Maryam, a little girl from Afghanistan, who suffers from a heart defect.

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UNC is First in N.C. to Use New Minimally-Invasive Procedure to Reduce the Risk for Stroke

UNC is First in N.C. to Use New Minimally-Invasive Procedure to Reduce the Risk for Stroke

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care became the first in North Carolina to successfully close a left atrial appendage, which is a part of the heart where blood clots and strokes come from, using the Lariat® procedure.

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Making the Best of a Changed Life

Making the Best of a Changed Life

Mark Zack uses his experience as an amputee to help other amputees in the Peer Mentoring Program through the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

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“My amputation doesn’t define me”

“My amputation doesn’t define me”

Mike O’Hara uses his decade-long experience as a lower leg amputee to help new amputees as part of the Peer Mentoring Program, created by the nurses in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care

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First patient at UNC to receive new stent graft for pararenal AAA is doing ‘great’ one-year later

Benny Hedrick of High Point, NC received the Zenith p-Branch® stent graft at UNC Hospitals in July 2012 to treat his life-threatening pararenal aortic aneurysm.

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UNC Malformations Clinic: Treatment of Elijah Smith’s Lymphatic Malformations

UNC Malformations Clinic: Treatment of Elijah Smith’s Lymphatic Malformations

You Are All Heart Heroes! We want to honor and thank our UNC Heart & Vascular team members in Vascular Interventional Radiology during American Heart Month

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UNC Legs for Life patient receives 'peace of mind' after screening

UNC Legs for Life patient receives 'peace of mind' after screening

The UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care hosted a free 'Legs for Life' screening event in September 2013 to screen for peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm

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Local man is the first at UNC Hospitals saved from sudden cardiac death by wearing a LifeVest®

Local man is the first at UNC Hospitals saved from sudden cardiac death by wearing a LifeVest®

Vernon Byrd of Mebane, NC is the first patient at UNC Hospitals to be saved by a LifeVest® defibrillator system when he collapsed from cardiac arrest in early May 2014

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Mitral valvuloplasty performed by the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care to treat adult heart disease due to childhood strep infection

Mitral valvuloplasty performed by the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care to treat adult heart disease due to childhood strep infection

Patient in the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care treated for rheumatic heart disease as the result of an untreated group A streptococcal infection in childhood, which is commonly known as a “strep” infection.

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“A huge positive impact on my quality of life…”

A patient of Ari Isaacson, MD, came to UNC to have prostatic artery embolization (PAE) to treat his BPH when medications stopped working.

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Faces of Thankfulness

Faces of Thankfulness

Enjoy some past stories of UNC Heart & Vascular patients who shared their gratitude with us

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