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Allen Stanford, 78, a heart failure program patient, shares a hug and a laugh with heart failure services manager Angela Mayo at The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Allen Stanford, 78, a heart failure program patient, shares a hug and a laugh with heart failure services manager Angela Mayo at The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Big heart in life, love

“The services and people at the heart failure clinic are great.”


Allen Stanford
heart patient

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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Allen Stanford has a big heart, in love and in life. In matters of love, a big heart is a wonderful attribute. In medical terms, not so much.

The 78-year-old retired building inspector married the love of his life, Karen, on Sept. 9. Stanford also has congestive heart failure, which causes heart enlargement and organ dysfunction, and has kept him closely connected to hospitals since the mid 1990s. His story is being showcased by the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center during Heart Failure Awareness Week, which begins today.


The week is part of February’s National Heart Month.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart