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February 23rd, 2017

Mitral Clip Gets a Fisherman Back on the Water

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

A leaky mitral valve in his heart was making life difficult for Bob Hamme. But minimally invasive surgery to place a mitral clip solved the problem and allowed Bob to get back to the activities he enjoys.

Fishing has been a big part of 83-year-old Bob Hamme's life since he was a child.

"I just enjoy being out on the water or near water and fishing, just being with nature," he says.

After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure due a leaky mitral valve, Bob was not only unable to enjoy fishing, he had a hard time with everyday activities. His heart condition was causing a buildup of fluid in his lungs, as well as his legs and feet.

"I became increasingly out of breath," Bob says. "I didn't have the energy I had all along."

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, Dr Peter Pollak, Mitral Valve Clip

January 13th, 2016

Employee, Caregiver, Patient: Many Hats for Andrea Liptac

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Andrea Liptac found help for heart conditions at Mayo Clinic. Andrea Liptac describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as a "winding road."

She first learned about Mayo in the early 1990s, when she was living in Montana with her family. At that time, her mother, Kelli Liptac, was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, and was referred to a specialist at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. Her chronic conditions would warrant multiple trips to Rochester over the years. She would ultimately land on the heart transplant list.

As Andrea approached college graduation in 2004 and began to consider where to apply her education as a laboratory technologist, she recalled her mother's visits to Rochester.

"My mom's treatment at Mayo Clinic indirectly influenced my decision to work here," Andrea recalls. She applied to work as a laboratory technician in the Protein Immunology Laboratory at Mayo and has remained in that role ever since.

Unfortunately, Andrea's Mayo Clinic experience went beyond her employment. She would learn she and her mother shared more in common than she knew, leading her on a  a surprising and difficult journey she says gave her a different perspective on Mayo Clinic and a new understanding of the patient experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr Barry Boilson, Employee Stories, Left Ventricular Assist Device, patient stories, Rochester Campus, transplant, transplant list, Dr David Joyce

December 8th, 2015

Transplant Diary and a Father’s Day Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Clint Frederick wrote a book about his heart transplant experience at Mayo Clinic. When Clint Frederick learned that he needed a heart transplant, he naturally wondered what the road ahead would look like. So he searched for a book that described the process from a patient’s perspective.

His search came up short. But it planted seed. Perhaps he'd change things for other patients.

"After I was approved for a heart transplant, I decided to keep a diary," he says. The diary became the basis for a book, supplemented by information he drew from his medical record, that chronicles Clint's 110 days on the transplant list. But his story begins long before his wait for a new heart.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona campus, Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, defibrillator, Heart Disease, heart transplant, Pacemaker, transplant list

February 18th, 2013

Man feels 20 years younger after Cardiovascular Surgery

By Makala Arce MakalaArce

Bill KalmerMy name is Bill Kalmer, and I have been a patient for the past 24 years at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My medical problems have been primarily cardiac in nature. I have had an AICD (automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator) for the past 24 yrs. My condition began to deteriorate 2 yrs ago and I suffered from congestive heart failure. In discussing my predicament with a friend who was a cardiologist, he offered to make some calls on my behalf to determine the best surgeon to turn to for a tricuspid valve replacement. He was told that Dr. Hartzell Schaff was THE BEST person to contact.

I followed up on this suggestion, and on July, 13, 2012, I underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic. It was the greatest referral I could have received! The experience my wife, daughter and I had was incomparable. The attitude, care, patience, compassion, competency, and professionalism of EVERYONE with whom we came in contact was off the charts! Naturally, this begins with Dr. Schaff but also extends to nurses, aids, staff physicians and clerical staff. My feeling is that if you need serious surgery, the Mayo Clinic is absolutely the BEST facility!

By the way, my recovery was uneventful and I am working out 4 times per week. I feel 20 years younger and have told my children that age 69 is the new 49!

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Tags: automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator, Bill Kalmer, cardiovascular surgery, congestive heart failure, Dr. Hartzell Schaff

November 24th, 2012

Heart transplant puts Mia Welch back in the dance

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

For months, a constant beat filled Mia Welch's room at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona. But it didn't come from a radio or MP3 player. It was the beat of an artificial heart that was keeping Mia alive.

Mia's troubles began right after she was accepted into the Mesa Community College Dance Company. First, she started experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath when dancing. Then she began having difficulty just doing day-to-day activities. She scheduled an appointment with a doctor in Phoenix. And it soon became clear that something was seriously wrong.

"When the doctor pulled the chair up, I knew it was bad," Mia told the East Valley Tribune. "He said, 'You have congestive heart failure,' and my whole world felt like it flipped over." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: congestive heart failure, heart transplant, Matthew Clark PhD, Mia Welch

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