Why choose Mayo Clinic

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Near-death experience brings second chance, new calling

On May 14, 2011, Nancy Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a condition that blocks blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm and sudden death. But thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) have experience diagnosing and treating people with cardiovascular diseases. Doctors diagnose and treat more than 177,000 people with cardiovascular diseases each year.
  • Team approach. At Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiac surgeons) and other doctors collaborates to evaluate you and provide the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

    Pediatric cardiologists at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota work with adult cardiologists to care for people of all ages.

  • Surgical expertise. Mayo Clinic cardiac and thoracic surgeons and cardiologists perform more than 9,000 cardiovascular and cardiothoracic procedures each year using the most current management and surgical techniques.

    Surgeons have experience and expertise performing minimally invasive heart surgery, such as robot-assisted heart surgery; ventricular assist device implantation; transcatheter aortic valve replacement; surgery to treat congenital heart disease in children and adults; heart valve surgery; and many other complex procedures.

  • Research. At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials, research and new treatments.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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