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Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

April 18, 2018

Complex Surgery Saves a Life and a Lung

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Ken Settlemire’s lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic involved an intricate surgical procedure that eliminated the cancer while removing the smallest amount of lung tissue necessary.

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Tags: Dr. Ian Makey, lung cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL, Pulmonary Medicine


April 9, 2018

Settling on a Steady Heart Rhythm

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Ron Klancher was having trouble controlling an irregular heartbeat. But by working at it together, Ron and his care providers were able to devise a way to effectively treat his atrial fibrillation.

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Breno Pessanha, Dr. Carol Winter, Dr. Harold Hellweg, Heart Rhythm Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna


February 2, 2018

For Baby With Rare Heart Defect, Innovative Collaboration Offers Hope

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When Ryals Sexton was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening heart defect, his parents turned to a new research consortium that offers groundbreaking treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

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Tags: Dr. Timothy Nelson, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


December 11, 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. The procedure also allowed him to again pursue his passion for golf. 

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


December 7, 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 7, 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 30, 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 26, 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 18, 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 13, 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


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