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January 14, 2021 · Leave a Comment

84-year-old patient reaches milestone on a left ventricular assist device

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Gayle Wilkerson has lived for 10 years with a left ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump that helps a damaged heart pump blood. The milestone is one not many patients reach. Gayle Wilkerson doesn’t accept hero status. Her care team at Mayo Clinic disagrees. At age 84, Gayle, holds the honor of living on a left ventricular […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dr. Robert Scott, Left Ventricular Assist Device


December 29, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Transplant patient says thanks ‘with all my old heart and new one’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Ernie Hernandez was battling congestive heart failure when he learned his liver was failing, too. On Oct. 26, he found answers to both issues with the first combined heart and liver transplant in Arizona. Ernie Hernandez was used to the hot Arizona sun. He was born and raised in Phoenix and worked as a contractor […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure


May 18, 2018 · Leave a Comment

A Healthier Heart and Renewed Zest for Life After Bariatric Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


February 23, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Mitral Clip Gets a Fisherman Back on the Water

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Fishing has been a big part of 83-year-old Bob Hamme’s life since he was a child. “I just enjoy being out on the water or near water and fishing, just being with nature,” he says. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure due a leaky mitral valve, Bob was not only unable to enjoy fishing, […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, Dr. Peter Pollak, Mitral Valve Clip


January 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Employee, Caregiver, Patient: Many Hats for Andrea Liptac

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Andrea Liptac describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as a “winding road.” She first learned about Mayo in the early 1990s, when she was living in Montana with her family. At that time, her mother, Kelli Liptac, was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, and was referred to a specialist at Mayo […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Barry Boilson, Dr. David Joyce, Employee Stories, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Patient Stories, Rochester Campus, Transplant, Transplant List


December 8, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Transplant Diary and a Father’s Day Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

When Clint Frederick learned that he needed a heart transplant, he naturally wondered what the road ahead would look like. So he searched for a book that described the process from a patient’s perspective. His search came up short. But it planted seed. Perhaps he’d change things for other patients. “After I was approved for […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, Defibrillator, Heart Disease, Heart transplant, Pacemaker, Transplant List


February 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Man feels 20 years younger after Cardiovascular Surgery

By MakalaArce 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 24, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Heart transplant puts Mia Welch back in the dance

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard (@Margaret_Marie)

A diagnosis of congestive heart failure pulled Mia Welch off stage. After a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic, she’s looking forward to dancing again.

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Tags: 3782, 5324, congestive heart failure, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic, Mia Welch


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