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March 13th, 2017

Heart Transplant Puts an Active Athlete Back in Action

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Kraig Gresham was 47 years old when he received his heart transplant, but his journey to that life-changing surgery began years earlier. Kraig was born with aortic stenosis — a birth defect that causes heart valves to narrow and obstruct blood flow. As a child he had heart problems as a result of his condition. […]

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Tags: Heart transplant, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, organ donation, ventricular assist device


February 15th, 2017

Local Politician Doesn’t Skip a Beat With Mechanical Heart Pump

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

While Walter “Junior” Boatright was running for a second term as Nassau county commissioner in northeast Florida in November 2012, he started to feel winded. At first, he chalked it up to getting older and just not having the same energy he used to, while campaigning 15 hours a day. But after the campaign was […]

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Tags: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dr. Daniel Yip, Dr. Jeffrey Hosenpud, Dr. Kevin Landolfo, heart failure, Heart Failure Clinic, Left Ventricular Assist Device, LVAD


August 12th, 2016

Life Beyond A Heart Transplant is Vibrant and Full for Elmo Aquino

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Fifteen years ago, Elmo Aquino, a resident of Orange Park, Florida, was an avid runner. He’d competed in Jacksonville’s Gate River Run, an annual 15-kilometer running event, several times. But one morning in the summer of 2001, his active lifestyle came to an abrupt end when suddenly, while on a treadmill, he found he couldn’t […]

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Tags: Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Daniel Yip, Dr. Jeffrey Hosenpud, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Mayo Clinic in Florida, transient ischemic attack


January 13th, 2016

Employee, Caregiver, Patient: Many Hats for Andrea Liptac

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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 […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Barry Boilson, Dr. David Joyce, Employee Stories, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Patient Stories, Rochester Campus, Transplant, Transplant List


November 17th, 2015

Taking It in Stride — Amputations, Heart Surgeries and a Pump Won’t Dampen Dick Feller’s Spirit

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Dick Feller likes to joke about his medical escapades. In just six years, Dick Feller had three open-heart operations, had both legs and an arm amputated, and was fitted with a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, to keep his heart pumping. That’s a lot for one person to take. But with unconditional support from […]

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Tags: Aortic Dissection, Cardiac surgery, Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. John Stulak, heart surgery, Left Ventricular Assist Device


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