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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


May 29, 2013

Soccer Mom Strokes on the Field

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

The phrase “soccer mom” might be a cliché, but for Jessica Cook of Jacksonville, Fla., it was apropos. The mom of three boys (ages 6, 10 and 13) spent hours in the car each week driving her sons from one field to another for their weekly soccer practices and games. With a family history of […]

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Tags: 2301, 3014, 3636, 5177, 5252, 5292, 5294, 5334, Brain Aneurysm, cardiovascular disease, Carotid Artery Disease, Florida


December 24, 2012

Holiday Health Hints and the Faces of Stroke Prevention

By CSMMayo CSMMayo (@csmmayo)

As I get ready to celebrate the holidays with my family this year, I’m preparing to pay special attention to my father and grandmother. Both have had a stroke in the past. And while both are doing well, I learned earlier this year while working on a project that the biggest risk for a stroke […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5334, Christmas, heart attack, heart problems during holidays, Holiday Heart, Mayo Clinic, MayoClinicFL, stroke, TIA


July 3, 2012

Military Man Celebrates Independence…from Stroke

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

At 23, Sean Bretz was the picture of health. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, you’d expect nothing less. But then last June 5, the machinery technician woke up with what he described as “an excruciating headache.” Attributing it to a  late night out with friends, Bretz didn’t think much of […]

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Tags: 2301. 5292, 3014, 4th, 5334, Aneurysm, Captain Andy Blomme, Coast Guard, Coastie, Florida, Fourth of July, headache, Independence Day


June 7, 2012

Stroke Treatments Then and Now

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

by Raquel Rivas It was 1979 when at 76, my grandmother suffered a stroke. Thirty-three years ago there was little people could do but deal with a stroke and its after effects. My grandmother thankfully regained her speech but she went through months of physical therapy and only regained a bit of mobility on the […]

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Tags: Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic, Rahib Tawk, stroke, stroke treatment


May 17, 2012

After My Uncle Had a Stroke

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

As a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to become an intern in the Public Affairs department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Given its reputation for providing first-class patient care while pioneering research and education, I was excited to volunteer with […]

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Tags: MayoClinicFL, nutrition, stroke


April 23, 2012

Clot-Busting Drug Study Aims to Help Stroke Patients With no Options

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald (@stacytheobald)

Coughing. That is the sound that awoke Jennifer McDougal on the morning on Dec. 28, 2010. Her husband, Rodney, was in the bathroom preparing for work, and coughing. Suddenly, he collapsed. Rodney, then 42, had a history of hypertension, so Jennifer immediately took his blood pressure. It measured 230/100 — dangerously high. “I didn’t know […]

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Tags: 2301, 4226, 5252, 5292, 5335, Dr. William Freeman, Rodney McDougal, stroke


March 8, 2012

Seeing the Light Helps Parkinsonism Patient Walk

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald (@stacytheobald)

It began with a headache in 2007. That was followed by weakness on his left side, a slight slurring of his speech and tremors. Doctors thought Wayne Puckett, then 42 and a father of five, had suffered a stroke. But over the next two years, the headaches persisted. Complicated migraine was the new diagnosis. But […]

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Tags: 2983, 5292, 5334, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinsonism, stroke, Wayne Puckett


February 28, 2012

Mark McNeary: “A miracle of a different sort”

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

For Mark McNeary, a retired music industry executive, his miracle story began shortly after finishing Saturday morning chores at his ranch in Kingman, Ariz. Sudden, searing head pain and throat problems made it clear that he needed immediate medical attention. His wife, Julie, drove him 30 miles to the nearest emergency room at Kingman Regional […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5333, Arizona, Bert Vargas, Mayo Clinic, stroke, telemedicine, Telestroke


December 5, 2011

Before and After Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Diagnosis

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

Kari Ulrich, a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007.

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Tags: 5252, coronary artery dissection, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, Heart, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story, stroke


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