Mitral valve patient finds a better, easier way

Posted By: Adam Lee | February 17, 2021

When Mark Krueger needed his heart’s mitral valve repaired 24 years ago, he did his own research about options for surgery. That research led him to a surgeon in Boston who had a way to repair the valve without opening Mark’s entire chest. Fast forward to early 2020, when testing showed Mark’s repaired mitral valve […]

Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery: Video

Posted By: Adam Lee | June 27, 2019

Dr. Thomas Molloy from Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular explains mitral insufficiency and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for patients. Visit Dr. Molloy’s profile here See how Dr. Molloy helped this patient with mitral insufficiency One of the most common problems we treat is mitral insufficiency. As your heart contracts, the left ventricle pumps the blood […]

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery: Video

Posted By: Adam Lee | June 27, 2019

Dr. Thomas Molloy explains typical aortic valve issues and minimally invasive solutions for patients.  Visit Dr. Molloy’s profile here The most common issue our patients face is aortic stenosis. Patients with aortic stenosis often don’t notice symptoms for years. When symptoms develop, the most common ones are chest pain, shortness of breath and syncope […]

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 […]

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