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August 19, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Getting to the heart of the matter

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ten years ago, Elizabeth Scovil, a 46-year-old wife and mother of four from Forest City, Florida, collapsed at the gym. Luckily some local paramedics were there and came to her rescue. But then it happened again. “I am an athlete. I was always working out,” says Elizabeth. She began experiencing episodes of dizziness, and her […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Carolyn Landolfo, Dr. Venkatachalam, Elizabeth Scovil, Heart Disease, MayoClinicFL, Patient Story, Ventricular tachycardia, Women's Heart Clinic


June 10, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Receiving care for COVID-19 while pregnant

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Last September, Kim and Lloyd Harter of Fairchild, Wisconsin, along with their daughter Eleanor Jacobo, tested positive for COVID-19. While they recovered, they also waited for a special new addition to their family: Kim was eight months pregnant. With pregnancy being a risk factor for complications due to COVID-19, a member of the COVID-19 Front-Line […]

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Tags: Dr. Anthony Furlano, Dr. Molly Meagher, Eau Claire, Family Medicine, Kim Harter, Lloyd Harter, Obstetrics


November 18, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Antonio Forte, Dr. Dawn Mussallem, Florida Campus, Lymphedema, mastectomy, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


January 30, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mother and Daughter Winning Battle With Cancer Despite Family History of the Disease

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Most of us have known someone with cancer, either in our family or with a friend or an acquaintance. But cancer can be particularly cruel when it seems to target a specific family over and over again. For the Zepeda family of Miami, cancer has stricken a mother, her daughter, a number of other family […]

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Tags: Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant, Bilateral Masectomay, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Dr. Candido Rivera, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Sikander Ailawashi, multiple myeloma


January 4, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Retired Nurse Goes “All In” for Weight Loss, Sheds Pounds, Gains Energy and Passion

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

It’s tempting to describe Sonya “Sunny” Johnson, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse, as a poster child for successful weight loss surgery. Cliché or not, she readily accepts the moniker as a point of pride. In fact, these days, when Sunny passes a mirror, she asks herself, “Who is that?” Her ambitious journey to weight loss […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bariatric surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mayo Clinic Bariatric Program, Weight Loss


September 4, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Critical Care Team Gives Young Mom Second Chance in Fight Against Cancer

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Three years had passed since Hollis Youngner, 34, had been diagnosed and treated for HER2+ breast cancer. So in late 2014, when the mother of one was “just feeling yucky, tired, nauseous,” she says cancer wasn’t even on her mind. “I was secretly excited, thinking of ways to tell everyone I was pregnant,” she says. […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Diaz-Gomez, Dr. John Moss, Dr. Moreno, Florida Campus, Hollis, metastatic cancer, pulmonary embolism


February 2, 2015 · Leave a Comment

An Extension of the Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Marla Burkhart’s heart was functioning at roughly 30 percent when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency cesarean section eight weeks before the due date of her first child. After she and her husband had chosen a name for their child, she placed her faith in her heart and the support of a […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Go Red for Women, Heart Month, NICU


January 7, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Facing Breast Cancer: Lynn Gallett’s story

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

When Lynn Gallett was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a number of concerns and decisions to make. In the video below, Lynn discusses the process and her experience at Mayo Clinic. HELPFUL LINKS: Learn more about triple negative breast cancer. Explore Mayo’s Department of Oncology. Join a conversation on Mayo Clinic Connect. Request an […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, breast cancer, chemotherapy, Dr. Barbara Pockaj, Dr. Donald Northfelt


August 14, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Woman Patient: Is Her Voice Heard?

By Mystery User

[Editor’s Note: Following is an article by Mary I. O’Connor, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida, sharing her perspective on how gender affects the care of women today.] Should a woman have a female doctor? As a woman and an orthopedic surgeon, I am sometimes asked that question. While some women […]

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Tags: Florida, Mary O'Connor, MayoClinicFL, opinion, Orthopedic


May 17, 2013 · Leave a Comment

To Test or Not to Test – Genetics, That Is

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

So I wonder if anyone else spent part of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, pondering what they would do. Would they take the test to learn if they were at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer? What if it came back positive? What decision would they make – to keep their breasts and uterus or […]

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