Heart Disease Stories for Orange Coast Memorial


Back on Beat

Left untreated, atrial fibrillation can cause life-threatening complications, such as stroke or heart failure.The human heartbeat is steady and predictable. At rest, the heart beats at about 60 to 100 beats per minute, providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to the organs of the body.But for millions of people, a steady and predictable heartbeat has been replaced by an irregular or extremely rapid one. These abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias, and the most common form is atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

Charting a New Course in Cardiac Health

Long QT syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder that may cause fast, erratic heartbeats. These irregular heartbeats may trigger a fainting spell or seizure, or in some cases, even sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Jenny, Chris and Barb Bobier all carry the Long QT gene and share how the S-ICD System has helped their family stay protected from SCA.

Mitral Valve Surgery

Michael Walo was on vacation when he had difficulty breathing. He was admitted to the hospital, where he received unsettling news that he needed heart surgery.

Back To Life: A Heart Patient's Story

After recently undergoing open-heart surgery, I found it difficult getting motivated to do much of anything. I needed help in overcoming the natural tendency to avoid stressing my heart. I needed help getting back to being active and in shape. Orange Coast Memorial to the rescue!