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December 3, 2013

Child’s play — at long last

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

After heart surgery, Deshawn Corbin can run, jump and swim like a kid … for the first time Deshawn Corbin is just 15 years old. But he’s already experienced more life than most people many times his age. Deshawn was born with complex congenital heart disease that affected the way blood traveled through his body […]

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Tags: 1474, 5252, 5253, 5306, 5335, Cardiac surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Ann Reed, Dr. Ben Eidem, Dr. Harold Burkhart, Fontan Procedure, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


September 5, 2013

A lifetime of lessons in 20 short years

By Mystery User

It hasn’t been an easy path for Ashley Jagodzinski. To say the least. So you’ll pardon Ashley and her mom (Mayo employee Erin Jagodzinski) if they’re a touch enthusiastic about Ashley officially starting her college career this fall. A few things conspired to stop Ashley from getting to this point. Three open-heart surgeries by age 12 […]

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Tags: 2301, 5252, 5253, 5335, Ashley Jagodzinski, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Allison Cabalka, Dr. Francisco Puga, Erin Jagodzinski, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories, Rheumatoid Arthritis


February 18, 2013

Man feels 20 years younger after Cardiovascular Surgery

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

My name is Bill Kalmer, and I have been a patient for the past 24 years at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My medical problems have been primarily cardiac in nature. I have had an AICD (automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator) for the past 24 yrs. My condition began to deteriorate 2 yrs ago and […]

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Tags: 1477, 5253, 5335, automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator, Bill Kalmer, cardiovascular surgery, congestive heart failure, Dr. Hartzell Schaff


November 23, 2012

Alvin Haworth: Trust Yourself —and Keep Asking Questions

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

When a heart condition threatened to slow down Alvin Haworth, he found his answer at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: 3781, 4260, 5252, 5253, 5335, Alvin Haworth, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Mayo Clinic, Steve Ommen M.D.


May 1, 2012

Quadruple Bypass at Age 24

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald

Last spring, Ravuth Thorng, then just 24, noticed it was increasingly difficult to do ordinary tasks, such as walking to his car. “I felt out of breath walking from my parking spot to work,” says Thorng, who worked at a home improvement store in Rochester, Minn. In retrospect, he recalls that during the previous winter, […]

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Tags: 5252, 5253, 5335, Quadruple Bypass, Ravuth Thorng


September 1, 2011

David Hawley: Overcoming Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

What began as an isolated episode of shortness of breath and developed into symptoms of increasing fatigue in 2008, turned into an unexpected and serious medical condition for David Hawley, a retired hotel executive in Phoenix, Arizona. David Hawley received the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic predisposition to abnormal thickening of the heart […]

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Tags: 3999, 4260, 5252, 5253, 5333, 5334, Arizona, David Holmes, Hartzell Schaff, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Mayo Clinic, myectomy


May 20, 2011

Pen pals share experiences with congenital heart defects

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald

Born almost 60 years apart, pen pals Carol Allan and Alli Szewczynski share an unusual bond. Both were “blue babies,” born with heart defects that impaired proper blood circulation, causing a blue tinge to their skin. And both had successful life-changing surgeries at Mayo Clinic. Carol Allan’s story Carol, 68, of Calgary, Alberta, was diagnosed […]

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Tags: 1491, 4256, 5253, 5306, 5335, Alli_Szewczynski, Carol_Allan, Congenital_heart_disease


December 1, 2009

Mike’s Mechanical Aortic Valve

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Editor’s Note: Mike from the Minneapolis area sent us this message on the day after Thanksgiving, as he wanted to share his gratitude for the care he received at Mayo Clinic earlier this year. His story is below; here are options for how you can share your story. Hello my name is Mike, and in […]

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Tags: 1490, 4173, 5141, 5253, 5335, aortic valve, bicuspid aortic valve, Cardiac surgery, Cardiology, Hartzell Schaff, Heart & Heart Surgery, Mayo Clinic


October 12, 2009

Michigan man’s care highlights Mayo’s culture, expertise

By Traci Klein Traci Klein

Just days after being told he had a tumor inside his heart, Ron Reffitt Jr., of Elk Rapids, Mich., was on a medical airplane headed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Gazing down at Lake Michigan on that beautiful sunny day in January 2009, he wondered: Is this the last time I’ll see this? His […]

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Tags: 5252, 5253, 5335, Cardiology, Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Nkomo, Reffitt, Schaff


October 4, 2009

Jillayn Hey’s “Remarkable” Mayo Clinic Story

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Editor’s Note: Jillayn Hey, a Mayo Clinic patient from LaCrosse, WI, sent this story via email. I recently read an article titled; “Want to Heal? Tell Your Story. Narrative medicine boosts our bodies and souls”, Utne Reader (Sept.-Oct. 2009). The basis of the article is that through telling our personal stories of illness and disease, […]

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Tags: 5142, 5253, 5335, heart valve repair, Mayo Clinic, Robotic Surgery


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