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Vascular

July 3rd, 2017

Saving Dave Boyett’s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

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After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that.

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Daniel Ryssman, Dr. Paul Claus, Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Vascular Ulcer and Wound Healing Clinic


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


June 26th, 2016

Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

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When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn’t quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he’d come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, […]

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Tags: Cerebral Hemorrhage, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, stroke


June 17th, 2016

Difficult Diagnosis Interrupts Residency, Gives Young Doctor a New View of Patient Care

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Successfully finishing a medical residency is a significant milestone in any physician’s career. But when Natalie Ertz-Archambault, M.D., graduated in June 2016 from the Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, the achievement felt particularly sweet. “It was an incredible success for me, since I actually started my residency in 2012, completed four months, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Fadi Shamoun, Dr. Leslie Thomas, Dr. Natalie Ertz-Archambault, Dr. Richard Fowl, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Internal Medicine Residency


May 16th, 2014

#StrokeMonth: From Victim to Therapist

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

It’s been almost three years since Sean Bretz collapsed. Unbeknownst to the then 23-year-old U.S. Coast Guardsman, a giant aneurysm had burst in his brain, causing a massive stroke. “His prognosis was grim,” neurosurgeon Rabih Tawk, M.D., recalls. “We used every technology available to help him.” Despite complications and issues, which required him to be induced into […]

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Tags: Aneurysm, bretz, Dr. Rabih Tawk, Rehabilitation, Sean Bretz, stroke, stroke center, therapy


May 9th, 2014

#StrokeMonth: It’s a Numbers Game

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Written by Lesia Mooney, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center in Florida. 795,000. That’s the number of people annually in the United States who have a stroke. 130,000. That’s the number of Americans who die each year due to stroke.  $36.5 billion. That’s the cost of stroke annually, which includes the cost of health care […]

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Tags: American Stroke Association, High Blood Pressure, high cholesterol, Lesia Mooney, MayoClinicFL, stroke, stroke center, strokemonth


May 2nd, 2014

#StrokeMonth: TIAs – The Warnings Most Ignore

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Many people experience a warning prior to a stroke. But often it goes unnoticed, especially when you’re young and otherwise healthy, like Lorena Rivera, 44. A nurse educator at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, Rivera was the picture of good health. She didn’t drink or smoke, had good blood pressure, and ate a healthful diet. She […]

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Tags: American Stroke Association, David Miller, Kevin Barrett, Lorena Rivera, MayoClinicFL, power to end stroke, stroke, strokemonth, TIA, transient ischemic attack


January 6th, 2014

My story – Judy W

By Judy Walters judylee

I had been to so many different doctors for my shoulder pain. Was even told it was all in my “head,” but my husband and I continued searching for answers. We came to Mayo Clinic in Florida, they ran all kinds of tests, they believed my pain. After all those tests, I was diagnosed with […]

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Montero, Dr. Houssam Farres, Dr. Peter Dorscher, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Orthopedics, Pain Clinic, Patient Stories, Physical Therapy, thoracic outlet syndrome


September 1st, 2013

Eluding the ‘Widow Maker’: The Checkup that Saved His Life

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

“You have to go to know.” George Roberts will tell you he’s a busy man — too busy to worry about a physical. As vice president of a Florida-based road construction and contracting company and chair of two industry groups, he’s got a lot to oversee. Taking time for a doctor’s visit wasn’t on his […]

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Tags: 2267, 3994, 5252, 5255, 5268, 5334, 5335, Dr. Rodriguez, Executive Health, executive physical, Florida, george roberts


July 23rd, 2013

Life Restored for Patient at Mayo Clinic

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Kenneth Piehl describes the intense pain he felt from extensive blood clots in his legs and the overwhelming feelings of, ‘joy and pride’ he shared with the Mayo Clinic staff, who successfully administered his Mechanical Thrombectomy procedure. Mayo Clinic’s Robert McBane II, M.D. explains the path to what Kenneth calls, “A life restored.”

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Tags: 5329, 5335, 5401, blood clot, Dr. Robert McBane II, DVT, Kenneth Piehl, Mayo Clinic, Mechanical Thrombectomy, vascular center, vein procedure, Venous Thromboembolism


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