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St. David’s HealthCare facilities hosted events this month to recognize survivors of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year–that’s approximately one in every four deaths.

Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock welcomed back former open-heart surgery patients and their families for a reunion celebration. During the event, heart patients reunited with the physicians, nurses and staff who cared for them throughout their recovery. Dr. W. Chance Conner, medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock and a member of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS), addressed the attendees, many of whom received care for life-threatening heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease.​

Among the heart survivors was Frank Manglona, a 44-year-old father of four, who underwent open-heart surgery to treat an aortic aneurysm and replace a heart valve.

Manglona credits Dr. Conner and Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock with saving his life and providing exceptional care.

Also this month, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center recognized STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) survivors and provided them the opportunity to reunite with the physicians and caregivers who saved their lives. Every year, almost 250,000 Americans experience a STEMI, the deadliest form of a heart attack.

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