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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

May 10, 2019

Mother’s Day Has Special Meaning After Stroke and Heart Surgery

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After weathering a stroke and heart valve replacement, the prospect for Ashley Zimmerman to fulfill her dream of becoming a mom seemed dim. But with guidance and care from Mayo Clinic specialists, now Ashley is looking forward to celebrating her first Mother’s Day with her baby boy.

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Tags: Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Sabrina Phillips, Heart valve surgery, Maternal cardiology


May 1, 2019

Left Ventricular Assist Device Delivers Restored Health and Vitality

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In 2006, Ron Schneider was told to get his affairs in order by a local medical team who said they’d done all they could to fix his failing heart. After seeking a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, however, Ron’s now feeling and living better than he has in years. 

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Tags: heart failure, Left Ventricular Assist Device, ventricular assist device


April 12, 2019

Back on Track After Heart Bypass Surgery

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A suspicious finding during a routine physical led to a diagnosis of coronary artery disease for Mark Guthrie. Heart surgery quickly followed, and now the longtime track and field coach is back to work and feeling great.

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Tags: Coronary bypass surgery, Dr. Jacob Erickson, Dr. Robert Wiechmann, Dr. Tahir Tak, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Onalaska, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


March 20, 2019

Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

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A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible.

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. D. Eric Steidley, Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Dr. Robert Scott, Heart transplant, Transplant Center


February 20, 2019

Teamwork, Tenacity at the Heart of Mat Walker’s Recovery

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When Mat Walker had a device implanted to aid his failing heart, it was just the beginning of a long road to better health. But a host of Mayo Clinic care providers assembled to assist Mat as he worked toward his recovery goals.

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Tags: Amy S. Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mayo Post Acute Care, ventricular assist device


February 18, 2019

Embracing Life Wholeheartedly

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When Kim Russell was born in 1960 with a congenital heart defect, doctors weren’t optimistic about her survival. Today, thanks to the individualized care and personal support of her Mayo Clinic team, Kim has exceeded all expectations.

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Tags: Congenital heart defect, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Carole Warnes


February 13, 2019

Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future

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When Stephanie Van Doren came to Mayo Clinic, she never expected to learn she had a genetic defect that raised her risk for a potentially fatal heart condition. But thanks to her physician’s all-inclusive approach, Stephanie and her family now have information they need to live life to the fullest.

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Tags: Clinical Genomics, Dr. Timothy Woodward, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Genetic testing


February 5, 2019

Life-Threatening Infection Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

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Alex Zabaski became seriously ill when an infection destroyed one of his heart valves. But emergency heart surgery at Mayo Clinic eliminated the danger and restored Alex’s heart health.

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Tags: Dr. Francois Marcotte, Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Transposition of the great arteries


January 28, 2019

Heart Care Gives Pat Rozeske New Rhythm

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Heart problems were wearing down Pat Rozeske and sapping her strength. But cardiac surgery and rehabilitation have renewed her energy and put her on the path to better health.

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Andrew Calvin, Dr. Robert Wiechmann, Gloria Krueger, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mitral Valve Prolapse


January 23, 2019

Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic

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When Alice Alimurung was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening tumor, she embarked on a hunt for a surgeon with enough expertise to remove the mass. The search led Alice from the Philippines to Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, where she found an experienced surgical team that saved her life.

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Tags: 3D Printing Lab, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Chritopher Reisenauer, Dr. Donald Hagler, Dr. Hartzell Schaff, Dr. Patricia Best, Dr. Rajiv Gulati, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, Paraganglioma, thoracic surgery


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