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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

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


October 23, 2018

Serving the Underserved in Bolivia

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Two Mayo Clinic cardiologists are part of a medical team that provides badly needed care to people in one of South America’s poorest countries.

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Tags: Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Andrew Calvin, Dr. Michel Barsoum, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


October 12, 2018

New Perspective on Heart Condition Has Soccer Player Back on the Field

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When myocarditis hit his heart, Drew Beckie was told his professional soccer career was over. But a cardiac specialist at Mayo Clinic took another look, and today Drew is back to the game he loves. 

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Tags: Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Leslie Cooper, Myocarditis


August 1, 2018

The Heartbeat Goes on for Dave Andros After Cardiac Arrest

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With prompt medical attention and expert care, Dave Andros survived sudden cardiac arrest. Now he’s eager to share his story with others to promote heart health.

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Tags: cardiovascular surgery, Coronary bypass surgery, Dr. John Stulak, Dr. Krishna Pamulapati, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Sudden cardiac arrest


June 29, 2018

A Personalized Approach to Heart Health

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Heather Lister knew she had an abnormal heart valve. What she didn’t know was that this defect put her at risk for a much more serious problem. But her Mayo Clinic care team gave her the information she needed to make a decision on the best way forward.

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Tags: Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Alberto Pochettino, Dr. Carolyn Landolfo, Dr. Naser Ammash, Heart valve disease, MayoClinicFL, Medical Genetics


June 27, 2018

Full-Spectrum Care for a Complex Heart Condition

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When Mark Gill came to Mayo Clinic, he was in severe pain and his medical condition was grim. But thanks to a thorough evaluation and comprehensive care, Mark was able to regain his health.

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Christopher McLeod, Dr. Crystal Bonnichesen, Dr. Joseph Dearani, MayoClinicFL, Tetralogy of Fallot


June 13, 2018

Routine Checkup Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

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Brian Schilling was shocked to learn he had a dangerous condition that required surgery to repair one of his heart valves. But the procedure went off without a hitch, and Brian’s grateful for the thorough care he received through Mayo Clinic Health System.

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Calvin, Dr. Glenn Kauppila, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Minimally invasive mitral valve repair


May 18, 2018

A Healthier Heart and Renewed Zest for Life After Bariatric Surgery

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A host of serious medical concerns were making daily life a challenge for Robert Watts. Comprehensive care at Mayo Clinic helped him tackle each of them and successfully restored his health.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, congestive heart failure, Dr. Jorge Pascual, Dr. Mohamad Yamani, Dr. Steven Bowers, Elaine McComb, MayoClinicFL


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