Patient Stories

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Easing arthritis pain - and much more

From hospital to home care, Sentara treats the whole person.

Heart transplant patient back in the driver's seat

A heart attack victim gladly returns to Sentara Heart hospital, on his motorcycle and looking to say “thank you”

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Latest Posts

  • A former two-sport athlete gets moving again

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    “I happened to mention that my other hip kept going out, too,” Susan says. “I asked if I could have the right side done at the same time as well. I got a ‘yes.’”

  • From a stroke to a new lifestyle

    Thursday, May 04, 2017

    “Jeff’s left side is functioning at 100 percent, while he hasn’t regained feeling on his right side yet. Most people wouldn’t notice… He regularly walks at the oceanfront, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the gym.”

  • Treating a wakeup stroke

    Wednesday, May 03, 2017

    “They took me into a room at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital that was dark, like an X-ray room, “Kelly says. “I could see Dr. Gaughen turning something from the side and something like a TV screen above me so he could watch where he was going.” Dr. Gaughen was performing a thrombectomy, a clot removal procedure.

  • Emergency staff goes the extra mile -- literally

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    With Sentara Nightingale grounded by fog, a Williamsburg patient needed emergency transportation by ambulance to Sentara Heart Hospital. The ED doctor and nurse jumped in to be sure the hour-long ride went smoothly.

  • The cough that was so much more

    Wednesday, February 08, 2017

    Thinking she might have asthma, Janie’s primary care doctor sent her to a pulmonary specialist. The specialist suspected the problem was not Janie’s lungs, but her heart. A cardiologist soon diagnosed her with heart failure.

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