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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

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. They freed […]

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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


February 15th, 2017

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

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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


January 30th, 2017

Rare Heart Condition Turns Young Athlete into Advocate

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Growing up, Joe Meyer loved sports. In elementary school, he played basketball and baseball. The summer before he entered eighth grade, the Jacksonville, Florida, youth decided to give football a try. Before he took to the gridiron, Joe visited his pediatrician for sports physical. At that appointment, his doctor noticed a heart murmur. Joe, then […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Mohamad Yamani, Hypertrophic Cardiomypathy, Septal Myectomy


January 12th, 2017

Despite Two Aortic Aneurysms, Dennis Brennan Living the Life he Loves

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Dennis Brennan met Albert Hakaim, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, in January 2008. Then 73 years old and living in Ft. Meyers, Florida, Dennis had just learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm — a weakened and enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the main artery that […]

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Tags: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, Dr. Albert Hakaim, Dr. Richard Agnew, Endovascular repair, Thoracic aortic aneurysm, Vascular and endovascular surgery


September 17th, 2016

Artist Back at the Drawing Board After A Stroke

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Shirley and Bob Gessner have weathered some tough times during their 56 years of marriage. But nothing could have prepared Shirley for the night of April 10, 2015, when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to a thud — the sound of her husband falling out of bed. “I asked him what was the matter, but […]

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Comprehensive Stroke Center, diabetes, Dr. David A. Miller, Florida Campus, stroke, Thrombectomy, tPA


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