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Mayo Patient, Staffer Run Phoenix 10K Together

Mayo Patient, Staffer Run Phoenix 10K Together

Mayo Clinic patient Don Salamone is proof that being in great shape before undergoing a heart transplant can enhance recovery. Even while tethered to a ventricular assist device that kept his heart functioning until the transplant surgery, he pushed himself to work out on a stationary bike for two hours [...]

Created by Hoyt Finnamore

An Extension of the Heart

An Extension of the Heart

Marla Burkhart’s heart was functioning at roughly 30 percent when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency cesarean section eight weeks before the due date of her first child. After she and her husband had chosen a name for their child, she placed her faith in her heart [...]

Created by Hoyt Finnamore

A heart transplant put him back in the race

A heart transplant put him back in the race

As a marathon runner and long-distance cyclist, Dan Olson thought his athletic lifestyle ensured a healthy body. But in 2002, at age 38, Dan was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle. "I couldn't believe it," he says. "I kept thinking, 'I'm in good shape. [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard