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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


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


May 23rd, 2016

Celebrating 40 Twice as Nice After Recovery From Surprising Stroke

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It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and despite having house guests, Sherry Pinkstaff, Ph.D., awoke at 6 a.m., just as she did every day, and began planning her morning run. Sherry, then 39, ran daily. Exercise was important to her. After all, she’d made it her career. She was a professor of physical therapy at […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Brown, Florida Campus, Patent Foramen Ovale, Sherry Pinkstaff, stroke


December 8th, 2015

Transplant Diary and a Father’s Day Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Clint Frederick learned that he needed a heart transplant, he naturally wondered what the road ahead would look like. So he searched for a book that described the process from a patient’s perspective. His search came up short. But it planted seed. Perhaps he’d change things for other patients. “After I was approved for […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, Defibrillator, Heart Disease, Heart transplant, Pacemaker, 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


September 17th, 2015

The Flu, a Grocery Store Clinic and a Mayo Clinic Nurse May Have Saved My Life

By Ronald Petrovich ronaldpetrovich

My head pounded incessantly. With every sip of water, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. I coughed and wheezed so hard that my stomach muscles ached. But as sick as I was, this would be one of my healthiest days, because a visit with a vigilant nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic may have […]

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Tags: bicuspid aortic valve, Cardiovascular Diseases, heart murmur, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, influenza, Patient Stories


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