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Doing the heart good

As another National Heart Month comes to an end, I want to reflect on our heart services and how blessed we are to offer our patients a superior level of care. With our expert physicians and team members and our leading-edge technology, we’re making strides in a part of the country that’s more challenged by heart disease than any other.

Baptist Memphis and Baptist DeSoto were the first hospitals in the Memphis area to offer a dissolving stent, a breakthrough technology that goes away naturally after restoring blood flow to clogged arteries. Michael Babb was the first Baptist patient to receive the stents, and they’ll help him continue to win his three-year battle with heart disease.

Baptist Medical Group cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Hector Dox recently performed Baptist Golden Triangle’s first two-procedure heart surgery, repairing an aneurysm and replacing an aortic valve. The surgery allowed Columbus, Miss., resident Lucy Phillips to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family.

We’re equipped to treat a wide range of heart disease patients, and we’re also committed to raising awareness about the disease. A couple of our hospitals participated in National Wear Red Day by dressing their newest patients in red beanies. Other Baptist hospitals sponsored educational sessions, and the Corporate building offered free blood pressure checks to team members during its “Serving with Heart” event. Much of the content on our social media sites— including  a blog article with quotes from Stern Cardiovascular physician Dr. Stacy Smith—educated fans and followers about heart disease.

Thank you to everyone who spent time this month helping our community beat heart disease. Whether you treated patients, educated others, or participated in another activity, you made a difference. And you may have saved a life.

Did you do anything special this month to help fight heart disease? Let me know by emailing me, tweeting me @jason_m_little, or finding me on LinkedIn.

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