Patient stories

  1. Alvin Haworth

    Alvin Haworth: Trust Yourself —and Keep Asking Questions

    Sixty five-year-old Alvin Haworth, a retired United States Navy pilot and operations analyst, was enjoying an active retirement in Jupiter, Florida. He worked first as an aircraft engine manufacturer analyst and, later, as an instructor at a local community college teaching calculus and statistics. Used to rigorous physical activity during his service in the Navy, [...]

  2. Kirk Watson and his wife

    Rare treatment for rare disease: Triple transplant

    On June 14, 2011, after a 107-day wait in the hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Kirk Watson, 44, received the news he’d been waiting for — a heart, liver and kidney were available for him. He would be the fourth person to receive a triple transplant at Mayo Clinic and only the 11th [...]

  3. A Second Opinion for Trevor

    Shortly after he was born in early 2008, Trevor King was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a condition that could cause sudden cardiac death. He may be the youngest patient ever to get a pacemaker-defibrillator, a device that sends an electric shock to the heart when it detects a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm. But in [...]

  4. Quadruple Bypass at Age 24

    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, [...]

  5. Bob Dimler

    “You have been given a life sentence!”

    I was told these words following a night in the ER where I received superior care/ treatment to determine if I was having and/or had a heart attackand yes I did. After 3 days in St.Marys, where I received the very best of care and was tactfully informed by my cardiologist that the condition of [...]

  6. Daniela with her brothers and sister

    A Miracle for Daniela

    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.  [...]

  7. New Therapy Freezes Out Atrial Fibrillation

    Rosalee Johns says she has her life back thanks to a freezing therapy called cryoablation that restored her heartbeat to normal. In 2008, Johns, then age 67, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the atria — the upper chambers of the heart — receive irregular electrical impulses that cause erratic heartbeats. Johns’ [...]

  8. Stories of the Heart

    Mayo Clinic heart patients and family members returned to Mayo in Oct. 2008 to share stories of their care through a program called "Stories of the Heart: Through the Eyes of Our Patients." Patients talked about their care at Mayo Clinic, focusing on the impact of Mayo staff during their stay. "Hearing patients tell their [...]

  9. Mike Johnson

    Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

    I went to Mayo Clinic for heart valve replacement surgery on October 13th, was released on the 18th, and can only say excellent things about the: Surgeon Dr. Hartzell Schaff and his staff. The surgery and recovery went smoothly, I believe, due to Dr. Schaff's experience and expertise in the type of valve replacement surgery [...]

  10. Austin Adamson

    Heart repair doesn’t slow baseball player for long

    Austin Adamson, 19, was a day away from having heart surgery that would require a median sternotomy – “cracking open” the sternum (breastbone) to reach the heart – when he learned he was a candidate for a less-invasive procedure at Mayo Clinic. Adamson, who lives in Wilmer, Minn., had an atrial septal defect, a congenital [...]

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