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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

December 11th, 2017

Complex Heart Surgery Keeps Panama Native on the Greens

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When persistent fatigue began to slow down Ricardo Henriquez, an evaluation at Mayo Clinic revealed he needed surgery to fix his heart valves and correct an irregular heartbeat. Since undergoing the procedure, Ricardo is delighted to be feeling better as he resumes his passion for golf. 

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Tags: Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Gary Lane, Dr. Kevin Landolfo, heart failure, Heart valve surgery


December 7th, 2017

Swift Action Saves Skier After Heart Attack on the Water

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Quick thinking and high-quality care helped Brian Kanable recover after what could have been a deadly medical emergency. 

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Tags: Cardiac Arrest, Coronary Disease, Defibrillation, Dr. Charles Cagin, heart attack, Mayo Clinic Health System


November 7th, 2017

Breathing Easier After Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

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Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong’s quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle.

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Tags: Ann Rufledt, Cardiac Center, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Dr. Fearghas O'Cochlain, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, Valve Evaluation Clinic


October 30th, 2017

Rough Beginnings, Now Running: 12-year-old’s Dream Comes True

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After a heart transplant and two months of cardiovascular rehabilitation, Mischa Melby has finally joined her classmates out on the playground.

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Tags: Cardiovascular health clinic, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program


October 26th, 2017

Open-Heart Surgery Achieves Success Without Blood Transfusions

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Teamwork and careful planning allowed for successful surgery to treat a congenital heart defect in an infant who, for religious reasons, could not receive blood transfusions or blood products.

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Tags: Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Grace Arteaga, Dr. Paul Stensrud, Dr. Sameh Said, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Tetralogy of Fallot


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, Colin Markum, Dr. Erol Belli, Dr. Norm Patton, Dr. Richard Agnew, heart failure, MayoClinicFL, Michelle Markum


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


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