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April 2, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Team Behind Team Lola

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Most 13-year-old girls wouldn’t see having a scar down the middle of their chests as cool. Lola Montilla, however, is not your average 13-year-old girl. When she looks at the scar on her chest from the surgery she had at Mayo Clinic to repair the Ebstein’s anomaly heart defect she was born with, she says […]

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Tags: Atrial Septum Defect, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Ebstein's Anomaly, Heart & Heart Surgery, Patient Story


May 2, 2011 · Leave a Comment

A Marathon of Another Kind: Kidney Dialysis for 13 Months

By Lynn Closway Lynn Closway (@lynn closway)

It was the summer of 2008, and Nichole Rushton was primed and ready to run 26.2 miles – a marathon – something she had accomplished with relative ease twice before. At age 28, she well could have invented the concept of “multitasking,” keeping physically active, raising two kids and being a devoted wife to her husband, […]

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Tags: 3786, 5291, 5324, 5333, acute kidney failure, Arizona, blood clot, Depression, dialysis, diary, Heart & Heart Surgery, Kidney Exchange Program


February 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

A Miracle for Daniela

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

Photo: Daniela, pictured top left, enjoys time with her brothers and sister at our home in Ecuador after her procedure at Mayo Clinic. Written by her parents, Juan and Victoria (Ecuador): My wife Victoria has always believed in miracles. I also believe in miracles, but I thought they only happened to somebody else, not us.  […]

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Tags: 2709, 5252, 5306, 5335, 5336, Allison Cabalka, Cardiology, Clínica Mayo, Daniela, Dr. Jack, Ecuador, Harold Burkhart


February 3, 2011 · Leave a Comment

The Heart of a Woman

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

Written by heart attack survivor Susan Cardelli: Just last week was the 10th Anniversary of my heart attack—January 25, 2001—or as the medical community would call it “A Cardiac Event”. Whenever I hear it referred to as a “cardiac event”, I always picture myself walking down the red carpet, dressed in a sequined hospital gown, […]

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Tags: 5252, 5334, attack, cardiac event, Cardiology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Susan Cardelli, Woman, WomenHeart


September 22, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Naomi Atrubin, American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Hero winner award

By CSMMayo CSMMayo (@csmmayo)

Naomi Atrubin of Rochester, Minnesota, is a two-time heart attack survivor. Not only is she a survivor, but she is also an active volunteer in the community, giving back to others through educating people she meets about heart disease. One of Naomi’s volunteer interests is participating in Mayo Clinic’s One Voice patient/family advisory council for […]

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Tags: 5252, 5334, Cardiology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Patient Story


September 6, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic is my answer

By CSMMayo CSMMayo (@csmmayo)

People often ask 22-year-veteran Kay Thiemann why she has stayed at Mayo Clinic for so many years. Her answer is simple: “Because we embrace our mission to put the needs of the patient first. And because we are committed to delivering quality care for our patients each and every time. It is very important to […]

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Tags: 5252, 5334, 5335, Cardiology, Employee Stories, Florida, Heart & Heart Surgery


December 18, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Michigan heart patient counting blessings

By CSMMayo CSMMayo (@csmmayo)

This story was submitted by Ron Reffitt Jr. In this photo, I’m holding my first grandson, Blake, born this summer to my daughter, Jennifer, behind me, and her husband, Brandon. My sons, Cody and Ron, are on the other side of me. The smile on my face says it all — how happy and grateful […]

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Tags: 3640, 3719, 3723, 5251, 5252, 5335, Cancer, Cardiology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Patient Story


December 17, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Happy Holidays, Happy Heart

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss Cynthia Nelson Weiss (@cynthia nelson)

Ah, the holidays a time when most people have added chaos in their lives. Between stressing over finances and the best gifts to buy, fighting traffic at the mall and packing the calendar with parties, it can be the complete opposite of comfort and joy. As a result, the holidays can take a toll on health problems, […]

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Tags: alcohol, Heart & Heart Surgery, heart attack, holiday, stroke


December 1, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Mike’s Mechanical Aortic Valve

By Lee Aase Lee Aase (@LeeAase)

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


May 9, 2009 · Leave a Comment

A Prom Promise Kept

By Traci Klein Traci Klein (@traciklein)

As an 8-year-old girl from Michigan was headed into surgery for a heart transplant, she asked Mike Ackerman — a pediatric cardiology fellow at Mayo who was part of her care team — if she was going to live. Dr. Ackerman said, “Of course you’re going to live, and I’m going to dance with you […]

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Tags: 3782, 5251, 5252, 5306, 5335, Cardiology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Heart transplant, Martha Grogan, Michael Ackerman, Prom, Sefani Pentiuk


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