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November 22nd, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Robotic minimally invasive heart surgery reduces recovery time

By Margaret Shepard

Denny Waite

Denny Waite is grateful for a quick recovery following robotic heart surgery at Mayo Clinic. It allowed him to return to running his construction business with only a short interruption.

Denny Waite didn't expect what was in store for him when he made a routine visit to his doctor in January 2009. A 61-year-old construction contractor from a Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) suburb, Denny had no history of medical problems, and on the day of his appointment he felt fine. But when the doctor listened to Denny's heartbeat, he heard a heart murmur that hadn't been there during Denny's previous visit.

That murmur kicked off a string of tests and numerous consultations with physicians. After being diagnosed with a serious heart condition and learning of the available treatment options, Denny decided that his best bet was Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Denny Waite, Dr. Suri, heart murmur, Mayo Clinic, mitral regurgitation, robotic surgery


November 22nd, 2012 · Leave a Comment

A good team on her side

By Margaret Shepard

Jane FauselJane Fausel has always believed in taking care of her health. She loves working in the earth at her north-central Phoenix home, does water aerobics and Chinese breathing exercises, has never smoked. So she was shocked by the diagnosis she received in January 2007.

"Around Christmas, I started coughing severely," Jane recalls. "At first, I thought it was just due to the Arizona desert weather." But when Jane began coughing up pink-tinged fluid, she saw her doctor and underwent a battery of tests. The diagnosis was lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. It claims more lives than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: alternative medicine, Dr. Ross, Jane Fausel, Lung Cancer, Mayo Clinic