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September 9, 2021 · Leave a Comment

In my own words: Heart health for myself and my family

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Sandra Driggers is a nurse at Mayo Clinic in Florida who works in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. This is her heart health story. I struggled with my weight for most of my life. I never really gave a lot of thought to being healthy (or unhealthy), or about how my weight and lifestyle played […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Carolyn Landolfo, heart attack, Heart Disease, heart health, Sandra Driggers, Sandy Driggers, women's heart health


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


December 18, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Heart Surgery Keeps Trip Hedrick Swimming Strong

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


September 9, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Why I Walk: Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Editor’s note: In this article, Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, an intern in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, shares her story and discusses why she participates in the First Coast Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Growing up, I was always overweight. During my teenage years, in particular, I struggled — losing and gaining […]

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Tags: Cardiology, First Coast Heart Walk, Heart Disease, stroke


April 22, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Following Her Father’s Last Words, Vivian Finds New Life Because of Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Vivian Tsai remembers the last words her father said to her: “See a doctor.” He recognized her symptoms. For years, puzzling symptoms and a troubling medical condition had stalked their family. Growing up in Taiwan, Vivian was athletic and seemed to be healthy. However, she began to lose strength in her early 30s and went […]

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Tags: Apical Myectomy, Development, Heart Disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, International Medicine


January 27, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mom of 6-Year-Old Counts Reasons to Take Heart Health Seriously

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Marla Burkhart’s story dates back to 2009, when she underwent an emergency cesarean section at Mayo Clinic eight weeks before her due date. Before the surgery took place, doctors discovered that Marla had a condition called peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare pregnancy-related heart condition that occurs in about 1 in 3,000 deliveries and causes inefficient blood […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Dr. Lori Blauwet, Go Red Campaign, Heart Disease, peripartum cardiomyopathy, Women's Health


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


September 10, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Team Marrion Steps Out for Heart Health

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Every year, Katie Ford, who works at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, can be found with a plastic jar and a stack of donation envelopes, encouraging colleagues to support the activities of the American Heart Association. In particular, she urges them to sign up for the annual First Coast Heart Walk, which Mayo Clinic sponsors. Heart […]

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Tags: Aortic Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Health, First Coast Heart Walk, Heart Disease


June 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Near-death experience brings second chance, new calling

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

On May 14, 2011, Nancy Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a condition that blocks blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm and sudden death. But thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, clinical trials, Dr. Sharrone Hayes, heart attack, Heart Disease, SCAD, Social Media


May 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti (@pscotti)

Sometimes even doing everything right to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough to ward off a serious illness. Such was the case of 67-year-old Donald Glynn of Jacksonville, Fla., an avid runner who has participated in countless marathons, half marathons and 5K races over the last 30 years. He also watched his diet, weight and blood pressure, […]

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Tags: Donald Glynn, Dr. Daniel Yip, Florida, Heart Disease, LVAD, MayoClinicFL, Patient Stories, Transplant


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