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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

September 18th, 2017

Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

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When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health.

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Tags: Dr. Juan Carlos Leoni, Dr. Parag Patel, Dr. Victoria Gomez, Gastroenterology, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, ventricular assist device


September 13th, 2017

Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ‘Listen to Your Body’

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After surviving a heart attack of her own, cardiology nurse Kristin O’Meara has a clear and important message for women: “Listen to your body.”

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Dennis Laudon, Dr. Marysia Tweet, Dr. Rajiv Gulati, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr. Thomas Tilbury, Dr. Tim Olson, SCAD, SCAD Research Program, Spontaneous coronary artery dissection


September 1st, 2017

From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate

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As a 37-year-old with no major medical problems, Collin Markum was shocked to learn he had a rare cardiac condition. Now after successful surgery and rehabilitation, Collin is working to help fund research and promote heart health.

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Tags: Cardiac Rehabilitation, cardiothoracic surgery, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Erol Belli, Dr. Norm Patton, Dr. Richard Agnew, heart failure


August 14th, 2017

Novel Stem Cell Treatment Means New Lease on Life

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As part of a pioneering clinical trial, Jared Ausnehmer had millions of stem cells injected into his heart to help treat a debilitating heart condition. That treatment has opened the door to renewed health for Jared.

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Dr. Patrick O'Leary, Dr. Timothy Nelson, Dr. Yasir Qureshi, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


July 5th, 2017

A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride

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When Yasmin Mullings found out she needed a heart transplant, she wasn’t sure she could go through with it. But with support and encouragement from her Mayo Clinic care team, Yasmin successfully navigated the transplant. Today, with a healthy heart, she’s back to her active life.

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Tags: Heart transplant, organ donation, Transplant Center


June 23rd, 2017

Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life

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Six years ago, increased fatigue led Matt Rohrer to Mayo Clinic, where doctors told him his heart’s mitral valve had a severe leak. Today, after robot-assisted heart surgery, Matt is back to enjoying his busy family lifestyle.

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Hector Villarraga, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Robotic Surgery


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


April 27th, 2017

Pectus Surgery Frees William Kranz to Enjoy a Pain-Free Future

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William Kranz delights in telling people he is “living his life behind bars,” with two more years to go. But William welcomes that time because, to him, those bars represent freedom and better health. The “bars” are actually metal rods inserted under William’s ribcage during a surgical procedure at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus.

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Tags: Cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, pectus excavatum


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