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May 16th, 2017

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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


June 11th, 2014

Near-death experience brings second chance, new calling

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

On May 14, 2011, Nancy Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a condition that blocks blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm and sudden death. But thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, clinical trials, Dr. Sharrone Hayes, heart attack, Heart Disease, SCAD, Social Media


December 24th, 2012

Holiday Health Hints and the Faces of Stroke Prevention

By CSMMayo csmmayo

As I get ready to celebrate the holidays with my family this year, I’m preparing to pay special attention to my father and grandmother. Both have had a stroke in the past. And while both are doing well, I learned earlier this year while working on a project that the biggest risk for a stroke […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5334, Christmas, heart attack, heart problems during holidays, Holiday Heart, Mayo Clinic, MayoClinicFL, stroke, TIA


November 15th, 2011

Heart attack — not shark attack — almost brings surfer down

By stacytheobald stacytheobald

New imaging technology helps determine cause, treatment for heart symptoms Many surfers fear sharks. But not Mike Politowicz, 45, a seasoned surfer with 30 years of experience. “Surfing is a form of relaxation,” he says. Relaxation, that is, mixed with a little adrenalin and heart-pounding anticipation of a good ride. But on Aug. 7, 2010, […]

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Tags: 5252, 5335, Brian Shapiro, heart attack, M.D., Mike Politowicz


December 17th, 2009

Happy Holidays, Happy Heart

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss cynthia nelson

Ah, the holidays a time when most people have added chaos in their lives. Between stressing over finances and the best gifts to buy, fighting traffic at the mall and packing the calendar with parties, it can be the complete opposite of comfort and joy. As a result, the holidays can take a toll on health problems, […]

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Tags: alcohol, Heart & Heart Surgery, heart attack, holiday, stroke


April 14th, 2009

“You have been given a life sentence!”

By CSMMayo csmmayo

I was told these words following a night in the ER where I received superior care/ treatment to determine if I was having and/or had a heart attackand yes I did. After 3 days in St.Marys, where I received the very best of care and was tactfully informed by my cardiologist that the condition of […]

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Tags: 1472, 5252, 5335, Cardiac Rehab, Heart & Heart Surgery, heart attack, One Voice, Stents


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