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Saving a patient's life often means pulling together multiple specialists to provide the best possible care. At the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Fireman Vascular Center, our teams work side-by-side to provide this care. We know the value of teamwork, and our patients do too. Read how we've worked together to change these patients' lives.
Allan Richardson had an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an abnormal enlargement of the aorta. His doctors had watched it grow for more than a year, because at 83-years-old, open surgery was too risky.Instead of turning him away, Mass General doctors fashioned a custom stent to fit his aorta, allowing them to perform the minimally invasive procedure successfully.Read more | Hear the story continue
It was just like any other night. David Nelson, a 22-year-old college football player, was out with some friends when a fight broke out. He tried to break it up. But instead David was stabbed in the heart and rushed to Mass General.At the hospital, his cardiac surgeon joined the emergency team and surgically repaired a 1 cm puncture in his heart. Then a miracle happened. Upon completion of the surgical repair, Nelson awoke scared and confused, but without long-term brain damage.Read more | Hear the story continue
An aortic dissection caused pooling of blood around Gabriella Browne’s heart, as well as complications to her abdominal organs - two conditions that greatly put her life at risk. Right away a team of physicians from both the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Fireman Vascular Center worked together to accommodate her changing condition. At age 39, this new mother survived a combined surgery that repaired her full cardiovascular system.Read more | Hear the story continue
Every year Janice Williams, a 41-year-old dental assistant, runs a 10K to support breast cancer research. In 2001 she finished the race in just 46 minutes, 53 seconds. But in 2006 her finishing time slowed down to over 1 hour, 7 minutes. What could have caused this athlete to fall to the back of the pack? Oddly enough, Janice was unknowingly battling a cardiovascular condition during this time period - one severe enough to cause excruciating leg pain while running.Read more | Hear the story continue
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