August 2016 News

Wearable LifeVest defibrillator saves local nurse from sudden cardiac death

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Annamarie Fracaro, Licensed Practical Nurse from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is used to taking care of patients with heart problems. However, Annamarie suddenly became ill, having difficulty breathing and minor chest pain. But her problems didn’t end there. Annamaire developed cardiomyopathy, which can lead to severe heart rhythm problems and heart failure. Her doctor, a cardiologist with the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center, was concerned about sudden cardiac death, so he prescribed the ZOLL LifeVest, which is the first ever, wearable defibrillator worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest like an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Less than two months later, this device saved Annamarie’s life.

Sarcoma awareness month: help is more than medical care

Dr. Benjamin J. Miller highlights the importance of Sarcoma Awareness Month in keeping research motivated to find a cure.

Standing together to beat sarcoma

Jill Kain, MSN, ARNP, discusses the importance of allied health professionals in the care of sarcoma patients of all ages at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Storing sarcoma to look for a cure

Munir R. Tanas, MD, highlights the importance of the tumor bank, which is part of the University of Iowa Molecular Epidemiological Resource, in researching sarcoma.

Young sarcoma patients inspire care provider

Kristin Foster, ARNP describes working with and drawing inspiration from sarcoma patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Getting adolescents and young adults through sarcoma

William W. Terry, MD, MPH, worked to start an adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Terry advocates for the importance of this kind of program at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as throughout the nation.

My new normal after bariatric surgery

After music teacher Molly Peterson became self-conscious of her size, she knew something had to change. Bariatric surgery from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics her take back control.

Weight loss surgery offers a new beginning

As a former Marine and an avid competitor in sports like golf and tennis, Randy Cole saw obesity as a challenge. He wanted to lose weight and get back into playing shape on his own.

Social media connects sarcoma patients with hope

Larry Slavens connected with the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center's sarcoma team online. With their help, Slavens beat sarcoma at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

It takes a community to conquer sarcoma

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Keith Wilson describes his experience battling sarcoma alongside the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center care team at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.