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Theresa Shares Her Story to Save Other Women from Life-Threatening Heart Attack

Theresa Leisen is a 42-year-old wife and mother of two. She's healthy and active. The last thing she expected was to have a heart attack. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of her medical team at UnityPoint Health in Dubuque, Theresa has a bright future and shares her story – hoping to save just one other woman's life from a life-threatening heart attack. Read her story

When Minutes Count 

Dennis Schumacher didn't realize he was having a heart attack. The 65-year-old Bellevue man recalls, "My chest hurt and I had pain in my left arm, but I've had that before and the pain always goes away. This time it didn't. That's when my wife pushed me into going to the hospital." Read Dennis' story.

Beyond His Expectations: Dubuque Businessman Experiences Finley Heart Care Firsthand

"You've gotta be kidding me." Charlie Skemp didn't think it was a heart attack. After all, heart attacks happen to other people, not to a healthy 56-year-old who eats right and works out regularly. Still, Skemp admits something didn't seem quite right that morning in March 2015. Click here to read Charlie's story. 

Bringing Life Saving Heart Care to Dubuque

"I just couldn't get any air," says Clarence Salow, 84, of Earville, Iowa. The Korean War veteran and retired John Deere employee shifts his gaze to the picture window behind his wife as he recalls that Sunday this past February.  "That was the real battle; just trying to breathe." Read Clarence's story

Heart Rhythm Clinic Offers Local, Coordinated Heart  Care

After a successful bypass surgery in 1980, the Earlville resident and Korean War veteran went back to work and continued everyday life as a husband and father; that is until February of 2015. Click here to read more. 

When It Comes to Patient Safety and Comfort, Innovation Is Not Only Radical - It's Radial

At the Finley Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Lab a new procedure is quietly changing the way surgeons treat the cardiac patients. For heart-catheterization procedures in the United States, cardiologists traditionally access the heart at the groin.  Read more here

Speaking From Experience

Jim Wilhelm from Dyersville, Iowa,would tell you that his two heart catheterizations were as different as night and day. To learn why, click here