Prairie Patient Stories

 Stories inspire us. Stories help us feel a sense of connection with others. Stories are a part of something bigger than ourselves. At their heart, stories help us heal. We invite everyone to read the stories below and encourage our patients and their families to share their own personal Prairie story.

Theresa Thompson, RN, BSN

CABG, Cardiac Catheterization, Chest Pain

I lost my dad on Feb. 4, 2017, just 5 days shy of his 89th birthday. As a child I always saw my dad as invincible. He was my protector, my life coach, my hero!! As an adult, I realized he may not always be around but I knew as long as he walked this […]

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Gail Wolfe

CABG, Cardiac Catheterization, Chest Pain, Coronary Stent

I had my first heart attack at age 35 on Labor Day of 1978. I was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital with very bad chest pain, but eventually sent to St. John’s in Springfield. Dr. Dove became my cardiologist at that time. He found several blockages and put in two stents. At the time, Dr. […]

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Steve Larson

Cardiac Catheterization, Chest Pain, Coronary Stent

After losing my wife and best friend, Paula of 34 years to pancreatic cancer, I continued my lifestyle as an avid runner. Running was the one thing that helped me find some needed relief from my grief. I started experiencing chest pain as I ran. It stopped me. I chalked the chest pain up to […]

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Chuck Heminghous

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.

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Wayne Coventry

Arrhythmia, Hypertension

For several months, my blood pressure was running high and I was having some irregular heartbeats. I knew right away that I wanted to see a Prairie Cardiologist and Dr. Holly Novak was recommended to me.

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Kay Morris

Aortic Valve Replacement, CABG, Open Heart

"I’ve been a nurse for over 40 years and I always knew what to look for when it came to heart disease. I have always been very active. I love tennis and play almost daily. The only symptom I had was shortness of breath."

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Gretchen Peters-Hantel

Double artificial valves replaced by TAVR

The procedure, known as a double transcatheter valve replacement, was believed to be only the fourth of its kind in the United States and the first of its kind in the world to use the latest generation of artificial valves.

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How have the doctors of Prairie helped you?

Cardiovascular conditions affect more Americans than any other disease in the United States. It takes bravery to fight heart disease, and having a community of support makes a world of difference.

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