From scary to stable: Patient finds Afib relief…and more

Posted By: Adam Lee | February 26, 2019

Retired church administrator Ron Smith has many things that make his heart quiver: photography, woodworking, his wife of 55 years, and his four kids, 11 grandkids and one great-grandbaby. But what started making him uncomfortable was an ever-increasing number of heart palpitations that made his heart literally quiver. When that quivering became distracting, Ron checked […]

From terror to triumph

Posted By: Adam Lee | February 06, 2019

When Dr. Raymond Tricker says heart valve surgery was the most frightening thing he’d faced in his life, he means a level of anxiety most of us can’t imagine. That’s because his previous scariest experience came during World War II. Ray was just a boy when German bombers dropped V-1 bombs on his neighborhood in […]

From farmer to heart patient

Posted By: Adam Lee | January 10, 2019

Terry Charvet’s path from his life as a farmer in Washington’s Yakima Valley to Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular took many years, but today he’s glad he made the trip. About 15 years ago, Terry’s primary care doctor heard a murmur in Terry’s heart. They kept watching it, and a couple years later the murmur […]

Adventist Health First in Oregon to Use Sutureless Surgical Valve

Posted By: Adam Lee | September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017—Portland, Ore.— Adventist Health’s Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular in Portland, Ore. is one of the first institutions in the country and the only one in Oregon to offer patients the new sutureless Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements (AVR). The valve is a surgical biological valve designed with a self-anchoring frame, enabling […]

Dr. Alhumaid discusses Atrial Fibrillation

Posted By: Adam Lee | March 08, 2017

Dr. Fawaz Alhumaid, a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology at Adventist Health’s Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular, joined AM Northwest to share what you might not know about a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)? For the heart to work normally, electrical signals travel through the heart’s tissue in a very specific […]

Give your heart a rest for AFib Month

Posted By: Adam Lee | September 20, 2016

Sorry Portland, but while a fluttering heart could mean you’ve found your soulmate at long last, it might be a warning sign for a serious heart condition. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can indicate malfunction in the heart’s “electrical” system. It is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), affecting […]

Walla Walla General Hospital Nationally Recognized For Quality and Patient Satisfaction

Posted By: Adam Lee | December 28, 2015

Walla Walla General Hospital/Adventist Health has been recognized by national leading quality rating organizations for exceeding the criteria and standards of performance for quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. “This level of recognition does not happen by accident,” says Monty Knittel, President and CEO at WWGH. “It is through our intentional, hard work, and dedication to […]

LivingWell Podcast Features Pearce Beissinger, PA

Posted By: Adam Lee | November 20, 2015

The LivingWell Podcast this week features Pearce Beissinger, a physician assistant with Surgical Associates at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular. On the show Pearce takes a break from talking heart health and discusses his other passion, mountain climbing and rescue. Listen to the blog below or head over to the blog to see the […]



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