Dr. Thomas Pollard Leads Hands-On Lesson in Heart Surgery for CAK Students

Posted on April 14, 2016

Using real pig hearts as their “patient,” students in two anatomy and physiology classes at Christian Academy of Knoxville recently got a glimpse into what two top cardiothoracic surgeons at Parkwest Medical Center do daily. “They do their calculus and don’t really know if they will ever use it again even though we know they […]

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100th TAVR Patient Shares His Story

Posted on April 14, 2016

It was more than a sense of déjà vu – it was scary. That feeling in James Clark’s chest as he made his daily two-mile walk around his neighborhood was uncomfortably familiar. “Any type of exertion and I would get a lot of pressure and pain in my heart area,” said Clark, an 82-year-old retired […]

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Maryville Woman Finds Cardiac Relief with TMR Surgery; Dr. Thomas Pollard Performs TMR Surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Hers was a restless heart, filling her life with ischemic strokes, clogged arteries, shortness of breath, chronic angina and a heart attack. But no matter what she tried, Theresa Turner’s heart could not be tamed. Open-heart surgery with three bypasses didn’t do it. Neither did two more surgeries, three stents and EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) […]

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Parkwest Medical Center Cardiac Program Excels in 2014; ETCVSG Physicians Featured in Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Publication

Posted on April 14, 2016

For patients experiencing severe coronary disease like blocked arteries and aortic enlargement, care close to home may seem like a distant hope. However, Parkwest’s cardiac program offers complex surgeries and treatment that many believe are only available in larger cities. Read about this procedure and other accomplishments of Parkwest’s cardiac team here. 

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Young at Heart; ETCVSG Patient Shares Her TAVR Story

Posted on April 14, 2016

Sylvia Countess was walking her dog one day last summer when she happened to cross paths with one of her neighbors. They exchanged greetings, and then Countess couldn’t help sharing what was on her mind. er mind. “I said, ‘Do you know I had heart surgery on Monday and I’m walking my dog today?’ ” Countess […]

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Change of Heart: Local Woman Embraces New Lifestyle After Heart Attack; Dr. Michael Maggart Featured in Parkwest Medical Center Health & Lifestyles Publication

Posted on April 14, 2016

Cathy Graham had just finished making Christmas Eve dinner when she got a tingle in her throat. Her hands became cold and clammy, and she had to sit down. “I asked my husband for an aspirin,” the 62-year-old said. “I don’t know why I did that. I had no idea what was going on, but […]

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Florida Woman Travels to Parkwest for Life-Saving TAVR Procedure; Dr. Thomas Pollard Performs TAVR Surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

When it comes to matters of the heart, Parkwest Cardiologist and Chief of Staff Dr. Mitchell Weiss is an expert. After 24 years performing life-saving cardiac procedures, Weiss had a first-hand look at the dramatic success stories these surgeries can provide. Last February, he moved from the role of expert physician to watchful son when […]

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