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Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor?s appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. ?I?m just that type. I don?t go to the doctor ever ? unless I?m [...]
Dennis Brennan met Albert Hakaim, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus, in January 2008. Then 73 years old and living in Ft. Meyers, Florida, Dennis had just learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm ? a weakened and enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the main artery that [...]
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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