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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

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


January 14, 2019

Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race

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When Sarah Bopp began having shortness of breath and chest pain, she was surprised to learn that the problem was a heart condition that could have taken her life. But now open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic has the 29-year-old back in competition and more fit than ever.

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Tags: Dr. Hartzell Schaff, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


January 7, 2019

Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast

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When she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein anomaly, Dannika Mechtel came to Mayo Clinic for care. Surgery not only repaired her heart, it restored her vitality, so she can keep competing in the sport she loves.

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Tags: cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Ebstein anomaly, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


December 17, 2018

Cardiac Ablation Helps Alan Kostrzewa Summit New Heights

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When treatment for a torn rotator cuff uncovered two underlying heart conditions, friends urged Alan Kostrzewa to go to Mayo Clinic for help getting back to his highly active way of life.

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Peter Noseworthy


December 7, 2018

Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery

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When James Tembrock was told he needed surgery to replace his aortic valve, he wanted to find a medical center where he could have the procedure done using a minimally invasive approach. That search led James to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Tags: aortic valve replacement, Cardiac surgery, Dr. Robert Wiechmann, heart failure, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


November 21, 2018

A Passion for Serving Underserved Communities

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Concerned by health disparities in African-American communities, Dr. LaPrincess Brewer developed a program that partners with local churches to foster healthy lifestyle choices and improve heart health.

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Tags: Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Joy Balls-Barry, Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr. Yvonne Romero, Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH), Heart health disparities


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