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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

Rare heart-liver transplant gives South Carolina woman a second chance at life

Rare heart-liver transplant gives South Carolina woman a second chance at life

Beki Rose and her husband, Tom, had met with half a dozen doctors, and they all said the same thing. "They told me to go home and get my things in order," says Beki, a 51-year-old mother of three with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. The congenital condition had so damaged [...]

Created by Makala Johnson

Surprise amyloidosis diagnosis leads to combined heart-liver transplant

Surprise amyloidosis diagnosis leads to combined heart-liver transplant

At the end of a routine physical in 2006, Dan Carey’s doctor asked if there was anything else he wanted to discuss. Dan exercised regularly and felt good. Except for one thing. “I get out of breath when I walk up stairs,” he told his doctor. A chest X-ray revealed [...]

Created by Makala Johnson

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

New technology makes heart transplant possible

New technology makes heart transplant possible

When 53-year-old JoAnn Forster of Eau Claire, Wis., had a heart attack, she was at first only aware of not feeling well. "I started perspiring and couldn't breathe," says JoAnn of her symptoms. By nightfall she was hospitalized and her doctors soon determined that JoAnn needed an additional level of [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard

Coming full circle: Sharing a message of hope

Coming full circle: Sharing a message of hope

Ardell Lien had always dreamed of one day sailing around the world. But when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the retired military man from Caledonia, Minn., thought his sailing days were behind him. "I was down to 150 pounds," says Ardell, "and everyone in town knew I was [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard

Heart transplant puts Mia Welch back in the dance

Heart transplant puts Mia Welch back in the dance

Mia Welch danced to a video game while at Mayo Clinic Hospital awaiting a transplant. For months, a constant beat filled Mia Welch's room at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona. But it didn't come from a radio or MP3 player. It was the beat of an artificial heart that was [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard

How Jack Stiehl got a second birthday - thanks to a VAD

How Jack Stiehl got a second birthday - thanks to a VAD

Jack Stiehl, 71, Sun City West, Ariz., was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004. He had difficulty breathing and was easily winded. In 2007, with ever worsening symptoms, Stiehl recalls his local physician saying he was out of options; he wasn’t a candidate for a heart transplant. Then, a [...]

Created by Stacy Theobald

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