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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2004
There was just one patient on the operating table, but two lives were at stake. Doctors had urged Omayma Ahmad to end her pregnancy before undergoing an aortic valve replacement - a complex surgery in which her heart would be stopped and a machine would take over circulation of her blood. The operation wasn't just risky for her: It was even more dangerous to her unborn child. "They said, `The chances that the baby will survive are less than 40 percent,'" Ahmad, a native of Sudan, recalled.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,liz.atwood@baltsun.com | March 30, 2009
Former first lady Barbara Bush and comedian Robin Williams made headlines recently because both underwent aortic valve replacement surgery. Although open-heart surgery sounds scary, Dr. John V. Conte, associate director in the division of cardiac surgery and a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, says aortic valve replacement is one of the most common procedures heart surgeons perform. Most patients can expect a full recovery. What is the aortic valve?
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 1996
During a checkup, my doctor said that my examination and tests were normal except for left ventricular hypertrophy on the electrocardiogram. What causes left ventricular hypertrophy. Is it dangerous? Can it be treated?Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an enlargement of the left ventricle, the heart chamber that pumps blood through the aorta to all of the body except the lungs. The enlargement may involve either thickening of the wall of the left ventricle or an increase in the size of the chamber itself.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER | October 10, 2007
Audra McShane's eyes light up when she talks about her favorite sports moment. It was during a recreation league basketball game when she was 12. With her team down by two points in the final seconds, she was fouled hard and crashed into the scorer's table. In tears, she stepped to the foul line for a one-and-one. "I went up and made both. All my team came up and jumped on me - it was so exciting," she said. It's a moment the Centennial junior will have to savor, because her days of creating memories on the basketball court are over.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2003
The Rev. Ronald P. Pytel, the pastor of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Southeast Baltimore whose recovery from a life-threatening heart condition was declared a miracle by Vatican authorities four years ago, died of kidney cancer Monday at a home he restored in Middle Way, W.Va. He was 56. Father Pytel received a diagnosis of a degenerative aortic valve and congestive heart failure in the mid-1990s. Operated on at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he recovered, all the while praying to Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who had been recently beatified.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | August 14, 2006
Omayma Ahmad, an English and Arabic teacher who while pregnant almost three years ago survived a rare heart surgery and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy, died of heart failure Aug. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 40. Born with a serious heart defect in Khartoum, Sudan, Ms. Ahmad underwent three open-heart surgeries. When she faced an aortic valve replacement - an operation in which her heart would be stopped and a machine would circulate her blood - in 2003 when she was pregnant, her Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors urged her to terminate her pregnancy.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun Reporter | March 25, 2007
Colton Trevor Carpenter, a youngster who suffered from a congenital heart condition but loved sports, died Thursday while playing soccer in Dundalk. He was 11. The son of Karen M. Peterson and Scott K. Carpenter, Colton was born in Baltimore and grew up in Edgemere. The boy's parents said the cause of death wasn't immediately determined. He was a fifth-grade student at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School in Dundalk. Colton was born with aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve is partially blocked, said his parents.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1999
The distress call came just before 1600 hours.An Annapolis Department of Transportation vehicle had broken down next to City Hall. An overheated radiator, the caller said over the radio. Come quick.When city mechanic Charlie Myers arrived, there was no smoke coming from under the hood of the white GMC sport utility vehicle. Instead, Mayor Dean L. Johnson hopped out of the truck with a big smile and congratulated him on winning the Annapolis Employee of the Year award."You got me," said Myers, 46, looking stunned.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER | October 10, 2007
Audra McShane's eyes light up when she talks about her favorite sports moment. It was during a recreation league basketball game when she was 12. With her team down by two points in the final seconds, she was fouled hard and crashed into the scorer's table. In tears, she stepped to the foul line for a one-and-one. "I went up and made both. All my team came up and jumped on me - it was so exciting," she said. It's a moment the Centennial junior will have to savor, because her days of creating memories on the basketball court are over.
NEWS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,liz.atwood@baltsun.com | March 30, 2009
Former first lady Barbara Bush and comedian Robin Williams made headlines recently because both underwent aortic valve replacement surgery. Although open-heart surgery sounds scary, Dr. John V. Conte, associate director in the division of cardiac surgery and a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, says aortic valve replacement is one of the most common procedures heart surgeons perform. Most patients can expect a full recovery. What is the aortic valve?
NEWS
By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun Reporter | March 25, 2007
Colton Trevor Carpenter, a youngster who suffered from a congenital heart condition but loved sports, died Thursday while playing soccer in Dundalk. He was 11. The son of Karen M. Peterson and Scott K. Carpenter, Colton was born in Baltimore and grew up in Edgemere. The boy's parents said the cause of death wasn't immediately determined. He was a fifth-grade student at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School in Dundalk. Colton was born with aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve is partially blocked, said his parents.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | August 14, 2006
Omayma Ahmad, an English and Arabic teacher who while pregnant almost three years ago survived a rare heart surgery and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy, died of heart failure Aug. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 40. Born with a serious heart defect in Khartoum, Sudan, Ms. Ahmad underwent three open-heart surgeries. When she faced an aortic valve replacement - an operation in which her heart would be stopped and a machine would circulate her blood - in 2003 when she was pregnant, her Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors urged her to terminate her pregnancy.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2004
There was just one patient on the operating table, but two lives were at stake. Doctors had urged Omayma Ahmad to end her pregnancy before undergoing an aortic valve replacement - a complex surgery in which her heart would be stopped and a machine would take over circulation of her blood. The operation wasn't just risky for her: It was even more dangerous to her unborn child. "They said, `The chances that the baby will survive are less than 40 percent,'" Ahmad, a native of Sudan, recalled.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2003
The Rev. Ronald P. Pytel, the pastor of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Southeast Baltimore whose recovery from a life-threatening heart condition was declared a miracle by Vatican authorities four years ago, died of kidney cancer Monday at a home he restored in Middle Way, W.Va. He was 56. Father Pytel received a diagnosis of a degenerative aortic valve and congestive heart failure in the mid-1990s. Operated on at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he recovered, all the while praying to Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who had been recently beatified.
NEWS
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1999
The distress call came just before 1600 hours.An Annapolis Department of Transportation vehicle had broken down next to City Hall. An overheated radiator, the caller said over the radio. Come quick.When city mechanic Charlie Myers arrived, there was no smoke coming from under the hood of the white GMC sport utility vehicle. Instead, Mayor Dean L. Johnson hopped out of the truck with a big smile and congratulated him on winning the Annapolis Employee of the Year award."You got me," said Myers, 46, looking stunned.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 1996
During a checkup, my doctor said that my examination and tests were normal except for left ventricular hypertrophy on the electrocardiogram. What causes left ventricular hypertrophy. Is it dangerous? Can it be treated?Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an enlargement of the left ventricle, the heart chamber that pumps blood through the aorta to all of the body except the lungs. The enlargement may involve either thickening of the wall of the left ventricle or an increase in the size of the chamber itself.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | March 24, 2009
Williams recovering from heart surgery Robin Williams is recovering at a hospital in Cleveland after having heart surgery his doctors deemed successful. The 57-year-old actor had an operation to replace an aortic valve at the Cleveland Clinic on March 13. Publicists Mara Buxbaum and Chris Kanarick say he is expected to make a complete recovery in the next eight weeks. Wedding bells Bruce Willis has tied the knot for the second time. The actor's publicity agency, Rogers & Cowan, said in a statement Sunday that the 54-year-old Willis married 30-year-old model-actress Emma Heming in a small, private ceremony at his home in Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
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