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Shared hometown helps Maysville man make life-saving decision for heart procedure

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Jim Lester encourages others to listen to his heart. As you adjust the stethoscope’s earpieces and lean in, you hear an electronic whirr and zing reminiscent of a video game. The sound that startles others, makes Lester laugh. Apparently this is not the first time he’s unleashed this parlor trick. Just two weeks prior, Lester was gravely ill, in end-stage...

Commentary: Newer blood thinners are changing the standard of heart care

By Dr. George Davis Special to KyForward Oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) are commonly prescribed for prevention of stroke due to mechanical heart valves or an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation (“afib”), or for treatment of blood clots. Anticoagulation therapy can save lives for patients who have blood clots or are at high risk for them. However, the arrival of a new class of...

Opening the Door: UK gives minority high school students inside look at health care education

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington’s Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care...

UK cardiologist leads study exploring new ways to heal resistant hypertension

By Dr. Khaled Ziada Special to KyForward What does your blood pressure have in common with a garden hose? Quite a lot, in fact. Increasing the pressure in a garden hose (whether by opening your faucet to full force or by plugging the end of the hose opening) can cause it to become rigid or even burst. Blood in the arteries functions in much the same way. Consistently high blood pressure — also...

Heart-attack survivor Hayden looking forward to watching his Cats after avoiding ‘widow-maker’

By Allison Perry and Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Regardless of the outcome, the Southeastern Conference Tournament will be infinitely more memorable for Tim Hayden this year. That’s because he doesn’t remember any of last year’s tournament. On March 13, 2015, just before the Kentucky-Florida tip-off, Tim had a heart attack during a meeting at work. Fewer than half of all patients...

Do you know your numbers? Make healthy lifestyle choices during American Heart Month

It’s National Heart Month — a good time to think more deeply about your health and how to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices. “More people know about heart health now than they did 20 years ago,” said Dr. Gretchen Wells, Director of Women’s Heart Health at the Gill Heart Institute. “But we still have a lot of work to do, especially with women, whose symptoms can be...

UK’s Gill Heart Institute going from blue to red to highlight women’s heart health issues

As of noon on Friday, Feb. 5, UK’s Gill Heart Institute will be “going red.” February is Heart Month and Feb. 5 is the American Heart Association’s “Go Red Day” celebrating women’s heart health. The women — and men — of the Gill Heart Institute use the day to educate women about the differences in women’s vs. men’s hearts, heart disease and...

Identical twins, 26, get identical life-saving device after one suffers sudden cardiac arrest

From left, twins Gardner and John Wes Adams (Photo from UKNow)   By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward   Jon Wes and Gardner Adams are 26-year-old identical twins. It’s nearly impossible to tell them apart, although a few people claim Jon Wes smiles more than Gardner. Even their mannerisms and speech are identical.   Gardner says they’ve been pretty much attached at the...

Coach Mark Stoops feels unique connection with 2014 Keeneland Maker's Mark bottle

University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack. So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK HealthCare, he found that to be a cause...