Patient Stories and News About CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute

Heart Institute Cardiologist in Hot Springs Implants Smallest Pacemaker

The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device, approved for Medicare reimbursement, that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. The first procedure was performed by Dr. Srinivas Vengala on September 26, 2018.

Staying on Her Feet is no Longer Painful for Patient with Peripheral Artery Disease

Treatment for an often overlooked vascular disease ended Dale Smith's leg pain and brought her life back to normal.

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack Saved Nicole Kaemmerling

When Nicole Kaemmerling felt a crushing pain in her chest, she did not hesitate, but went straight to the emergency room.

Heart Institute Adds New Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Abdel Al Emam

Newest cardiologist joins Little Rock-Kanis and Heber Springs offices of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute.

Tanie Green visits Dr. Yalcin Hacioglu for Relief from Leg Pain

Tanie Green's legs were often swollen and painful. Dr. Yalcin Hacioglu treated her for Chronic Venous Insufficiency. It changed her life.

Quitting Time:  How stopping smoking affects your heart—and overall—health

Shannon Hoey, MNSc, smoking cessation leader, talks about how stopping smoking affects your heart— and overall—health

Q&A About Atrial Fibrillation with Our Electrophysiologists

AFib, is a common heart condition—and the most common type of heart arrhythmia—many people who have it aren’t even aware of it.

Schevaun Massey's Journey to Manage AFib Without Blood Thinners

Schevaun Massey’s journey to manage her AFib without blood thinners involved two cutting-edge procedures, TAVR and WATCHMAN and one strong woman

ECMO Therapy Saves Mother

Mother of two comes into ER suffering from what she thought was the flu. Thanks to the quick action of the physicians, she was immediately put on ECMO therapy which saved her life.

Electrophysiology Heart Services Expand to Hot Springs

Patients with heart arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation (AFib), are able to be diagnosed and treated close to home.

Outlook On Women's Heart Health

Our team of female cardiologists discuss heart disease prevention and factors affecting heart health in women.

Cardiac Rehab Improves Your Heart's Future

Cardiac rehab can help you do the things you know you need to do to have a healthy heart.

Heart Institute Expands Electrophysiology Services to Hot Springs

This expansion of care to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs makes it easier for patients with heart arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation (AFib), to be diagnosed and treated close to home.

Dr. Morris Kelley Explains Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose and treat heart disease. This minimally invasive procedure allows doctors to see if there is a blockage in an artery.

Dana Trawick is Taking Control of Her Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is an epidimic in this country. With medication and ablation, Dr. Tom Wallace helps Dana Trawick keep her heart healthy.

Harold Chronister Receives a Heart Pump and a New Lease on LIfe

77-year-old heart failure patient makes history as Arkansas's first recipient of the world's smallest heart pump.

June Johnson Keeps High Blood Pressure in Check

High blood pressure is an indicator of heart disease. Working with her physician, Dr. Oyidie Igbokidi, June Johnson implemented the changes that allow her to maintain her active lifestyle.

5 Ways to Recognize Heart Failure

Many people have heart failure and don't even know it. Learn how to recognize heart failure and where to get treatment.

Advancements in Technology are Strengthening Hearts

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but treatments have improved dramatically. CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute's Dr. Muhammad Waqas explains how technology is saving peoples lives.

Dial, Don't Drive - 5 Reasons to Dial 9-1-1

If you or someone around you is having a heart attack. Put down the car keys and pick up the phone. Dialing 9-1-1 is the safest and quickest way to get emergency care.