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September 9th, 2016

Why I Walk: Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Editor’s note: In this article, Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, an intern in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, shares her story and discusses why she participates in the First Coast Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Growing up, I was always overweight. During my teenage years, in particular, I struggled — losing and gaining […]

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Tags: Cardiology, First Coast Heart Walk, Heart Disease, stroke


April 22nd, 2016

Following Her Father’s Last Words, Vivian Finds New Life Because of Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Vivian Tsai remembers the last words her father said to her: “See a doctor.” He recognized her symptoms. For years, puzzling symptoms and a troubling medical condition had stalked their family. Growing up in Taiwan, Vivian was athletic and seemed to be healthy. However, she began to lose strength in her early 30s and went […]

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Tags: Apical Myectomy, Development, Heart Disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, International Medicine


January 27th, 2016

Mom of 6-Year-Old Counts Reasons to Take Heart Health Seriously

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Marla Burkhart’s story dates back to 2009, when she underwent an emergency cesarean section at Mayo Clinic eight weeks before her due date. Before the surgery took place, doctors discovered that Marla had a condition called peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare pregnancy-related heart condition that occurs in about 1 in 3,000 deliveries and causes inefficient blood […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Dr. Lori Blauwet, Go Red Campaign, Heart Disease, peripartum cardiomyopathy, Women's Health


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


September 10th, 2015

Team Marrion Steps Out for Heart Health

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Every year, Katie Ford, who works at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, can be found with a plastic jar and a stack of donation envelopes, encouraging colleagues to support the activities of the American Heart Association. In particular, she urges them to sign up for the annual First Coast Heart Walk, which Mayo Clinic sponsors. Heart […]

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Tags: Aortic Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Health, First Coast Heart Walk, Heart Disease


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


May 23rd, 2014

Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease

By Paul Scotti pscotti

Sometimes even doing everything right to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough to ward off a serious illness. Such was the case of 67-year-old Donald Glynn of Jacksonville, Fla., an avid runner who has participated in countless marathons, half marathons and 5K races over the last 30 years. He also watched his diet, weight and blood pressure, […]

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Tags: Donald Glynn, Dr. Daniel Yip, Florida, Heart Disease, LVAD, MayoClinicFL, Patient Stories, Transplant


February 17th, 2010

Mayo Blood Pressure Screening at Mall of America

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

High blood pressure is a major risk factor heart disease. The persistent increased pressure forces the heart to work against itself. Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist Kathy Zarling explains high blood pressure, the associated risks, and how you can control your own risk factors. Kathy will be part of a community blood pressure screening […]

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Tags: Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Mall of America, Mayo Clinic


October 24th, 2009

Mayo Clinic and WomenHeart educate women with heart disease

By Traci Klein traciklein

Last week, 69 women from across the country gathered in Rochester, Minn.,  for the 8th annual Science & Leadership Symposium, a joint effort between Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Heart Clinic and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. The women — ages 23 to 76 — spent five days learning about heart disease, receiving […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Hayes, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic, Women, WomenHeart


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