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December 18, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Heart Surgery Keeps Trip Hedrick Swimming Strong

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After a 20-year history of heart disease that’s included a heart attack and stent placements to clear blocked arteries, coronary bypass surgery at Mayo Clinic has helped Trip Hedrick continue pursuing his competitive swimming goals.

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Tags: Dr. John Stulak, Dr. Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, Dr. Roger Shepherd, Heart Disease


December 13, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Finding Meaning and Renewal Through Cardiac Care

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Gary Tompkins’ heart is damaged from a dangerous cardiac condition. But that hasn’t stopped it from feeling joy, love and gratitude for a second chance at life, and for the men and women at Mayo Clinic whose commitment, compassion and friendship has helped him heal.

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Tags: Cardiac ablation, Dr. Christopher DeSimone, Dr. Suraj Kapa, Ventricular tachycardia


December 9, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Emergency Air Ambulance Transfer and Expert Critical Care Avert Tragedy

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Tabetha and Matt Cameron live a quiet life. Partners since their teens, the Camerons spend their days enjoying familiar activities close to their northern Minnesota home. The couple cherishes their tranquil existence, especially since Tabetha underwent a harrowing medical trauma that nearly took her life.

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Tags: Critical Care, Dr. Jonathan Fox, Dr. M. Sertac Cicek, Kelly Sahs, Matthew Schuldes, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Meghan Lamp


November 15, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Motorcycle Dreaming After Two Heart Transplants

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When Dale Leighton underwent a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic, the motorcycling enthusiast believed his days of poor health were behind him. But the new heart failed to work. For Dale, who’s dealt with life-threatening heart disease for years, that meant a second heart transplant and a second journey through recovery.

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Tags: Dr. Richard Daly, Heart transplant, ventricular assist device


October 16, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Surviving Aortic Dissection and Navigating Its Aftermath

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Surviving an aortic dissection is a tale not all patients live to tell. For Eric Salter, living through the traumatic experience was nothing short of miraculous. What’s been even more remarkable to the 45-year-old, though, is the life-changing care he’s received from his Mayo Clinic cardiologists who are committed to helping him live a long […]

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Tags: Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Dissection, Dr. Alberto Pochettino, Dr. Sabrina Phillips


August 28, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Kindhearted Kid Perseveres Through Multiple Heart Surgeries

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Although 3-year-old Matthew Makela and his family have already been forced to deal with a host of serious medical concerns during the young boy’s life, they navigate it all with grace and gratitude.

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Tags: Congenital heart defects, Dr. Karen Myhre, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Tetralogy of Fallot


July 1, 2019 · Leave a Comment

When Faced With Complex Heart Surgery, Physician Picks Mayo Clinic

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When he learned that he needed heart surgery, Andrew Ross, M.D., knew that in order to take care of his patients, he had to take care of himself. To do that, he turned to Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Henry Plummer, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Mitral valve repair


May 10, 2019 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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


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