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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

July 5th, 2017

A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride

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When Yasmin Mullings found out she needed a heart transplant, she wasn’t sure she could go through with it. But with support and encouragement from her Mayo Clinic care team, Yasmin successfully navigated the transplant. Today, with a healthy heart, she’s back to her active life.

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Tags: Heart transplant, organ donation, Transplant Center


June 23rd, 2017

Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life

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Six years ago, increased fatigue led Matt Rohrer to Mayo Clinic, where doctors told him his heart’s mitral valve had a severe leak. Today, after robot-assisted heart surgery, Matt is back to enjoying his busy family lifestyle.

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Hector Villarraga, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Robotic Surgery


June 12th, 2017

Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder

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Diagnosed with a severe heart condition, Hal Stahl turned to Mayo Clinic, where an expert on the rare disease offered Hal a unique treatment alternative that made all the difference.

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. Leslie Cooper, Giant cell myocarditis


June 9th, 2017

Young Mom’s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart

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Sarah Bradley’s heart failed when she was only 27 years old. Today, after more than two years living with the assistance of a device that kept her blood flowing and her health stable, she’s the grateful recipient of a new heart.

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Diseases, heart failure, Heart transplant, Jenifer Spadafore, Left Ventricular Assist Device


May 16th, 2017

From Patient to Advocate to Caregiver: Taking Charge of My Heart Health

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A heart attack at age 39 shocked Sandy Driggers into action. After surgery, Sandy lost weight, began exercising and went back to school to become a nurse. Now she helps others facing heart health challenges.

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, heart attack, Sandy Driggers


April 27th, 2017

Pectus Surgery Frees William Kranz to Enjoy a Pain-Free Future

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William Kranz delights in telling people he is “living his life behind bars,” with two more years to go. But William welcomes that time because, to him, those bars represent freedom and better health. The “bars” are actually metal rods inserted under William’s ribcage during a surgical procedure at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus.

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Tags: Cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, pectus excavatum


March 13th, 2017

Heart Transplant Puts an Active Athlete Back in Action

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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


March 2nd, 2017

Daughter’s Persistence Leads to Discovery of a Life-Threatening Aortic Aneurysm

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Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor’s appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. “I’m just that type. I don’t go to the doctor ever — unless I’m […]

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Tags: Aortic Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. Alberto Pochettino, Dr. Heidi Connolly, Dr. Joseph Maalouf


February 27th, 2017

Battling an Autoimmune Disorder Changes James Boddie’s Retirement Plans

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In April 2005, nine months after retiring from his job as assistant superintendent of Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minnesota, James Boddie had a heart attack while riding his bike in Florida. When he arrived by helicopter at a local hospital in Bonita Springs, he was told he had 100 percent blockage in his […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. Leslie Cooper, Sarcoidosis


February 23rd, 2017

Mitral Clip Gets a Fisherman Back on the Water

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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, […]

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


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