The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

    When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health. It's been almost four years since Vincent Arnold began feeling winded and feeling like his heart was [...]

  2. Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ?Listen to Your Body?

    After surviving a heart attack of her own, cardiology nurse Kristin O'Meara has a clear and important message for women: "Listen to your body." Kristin O'Meara's story, she says, is one of denial. It began with searing chest pain, a serious symptom Kristin understands well from three decades as a cardiology nurse at Mayo Clinic. [...]

  3. From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate

    As a 37-year-old with no major medical problems, Collin Markum was shocked to learn he had a rare cardiac condition. Now after successful surgery and rehabilitation, Collin is working to help fund research and promote heart health. By Collin Markum It was early October 2016, and I was standing in front of my 11th??grade United [...]

  4. Novel Stem Cell Treatment Means New Lease on Life

    As part of a pioneering clinical trial, Jared Ausnehmer had millions of stem cells injected into his heart to help treat a debilitating heart condition. That treatment has opened the door to renewed health for Jared. Halloween is an especially meaningful day for Jared Ausnehmer and his family. On Oct. 31, 2011, Jared's family saw [...]

  5. A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride

    When Yasmin Mullings found out she needed a heart transplant, she wasn't sure she could go through with it. But with support and encouragement from her Mayo Clinic care team, Yasmin successfully navigated the transplant. Today, with a healthy heart, she's back to her active life. In 2015, Yasmin Mullings was relishing a fast-paced life. [...]

  6. Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life

    Six years ago, increased fatigue led Matt Rohrer to Mayo Clinic, where doctors told him his heart?s mitral valve had a severe leak. Today, after robot-assisted heart surgery, Matt is back to enjoying his busy family lifestyle. Matt Rohrer has known since he was a teenager that he had a heart murmur. It's caused by [...]

  7. Young Mom?s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart

    Sarah Bradley's heart failed when she was only 27 years old. Today, after more than two years living with the assistance of a device that kept her blood flowing and her health stable, she?s the grateful recipient of a new heart. For more than two years, Sarah Bradley lived with a broken heart. The muscle [...]

  8. From Patient to Advocate to Caregiver: Taking Charge of My Heart Health

    A heart attack at age 39 shocked Sandy Driggers into action. After surgery, Sandy lost weight, began exercising and went back to school to become a nurse. Now she helps others facing heart health challenges. Written by Sandy Driggers I struggled with my weight for the majority of my life. I never really gave a [...]

  9. Pectus Surgery Frees William Kranz to Enjoy a Pain-Free Future

    William Kranz delights in telling people he is "living his life behind bars," with two more years to go. But William welcomes that time because, to him, those bars represent freedom and better health. The "bars" are actually metal rods inserted under William's ribcage during a surgical procedure at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. They freed [...]

  10. Heart Transplant Puts an Active Athlete Back in Action

    Kraig Gresham was 47 years old when he received his heart transplant, but his journey to that life-changing surgery began years earlier. Kraig was born with aortic stenosis ? a birth defect that causes heart valves to narrow and obstruct blood flow. As a child he had heart problems as a result of his condition. [...]

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