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Pen pals share experiences with congenital heart defects

Born almost 60 years apart, pen pals Carol Allan and Alli Szewczynski share an unusual bond. Both were “blue babies,” born with heart defects that impaired proper blood circulation, causing a blue tinge to their skin. And both had successful life-changing surgeries at Mayo Clinic. Carol Allan’s story Carol, 68, of Calgary, Alberta, was diagnosed [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) have experience diagnosing and treating people with tetralogy of Fallot.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors in many areas work together to provide efficient, coordinated care.
  • Congenital heart disease treatment. Each Mayo Clinic location offers care for adults with congenital heart diseases, including tetralogy of Fallot. Doctors trained in treating adults and children with congenital heart disease staff the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
  • Diagnostic tests. Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose tetralogy of Fallot and other congenital heart diseases with several tests, including echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and other tests.
  • Surgical expertise. Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons have expertise treating tetralogy of Fallot with complete repair surgery to improve your blood flow and to redirect the blood flow in your heart so that your blood flows in the correct direction.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in new diagnostic tests and treatments for tetralogy of Fallot and conduct clinical trials.

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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Feb. 23, 2012