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Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 |

Dancing Her Way to 87

Dancing Her Way to 87

It has been two years since Ruth Garrett of Clarksburg trusted her heart to the expert cardiac team at Washington Adventist Hospital. She underwent a minimally invasive heart procedure, called a transradial catheterization, to open up her blocked heart arteries. The intervention helped her regain her stamina and continue participating in her favorite hobby — tap dancing.

Ruth credits Michael Chen, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist at Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals, and her team of nurses and caregivers for giving her another chance at a lively, active life at the age of 85.

So how is Ruth doing now? “I’m still taking my dance classes twice a week, and spending time with my family and friends,” said Ruth. “I eat a healthy diet and look forward to celebrating my 87th birthday in September!”

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Washington Adventist Hospital

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 232-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Opened in 1907, the hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing hundreds of open-heart surgeries and thousands of heart catheterizations each year.

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