Cardiovascular patient stories

  1. Kay and Ben Thiemann

    Mayo Clinic is my answer

    People often ask 22-year-veteran Kay Thiemann why she has stayed at Mayo Clinic for so many years. Her answer is simple: “Because we embrace our mission to put the needs of the patient first. And because we are committed to delivering quality care for our patients each and every time. It is very important to [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Bobbie Sofia

    Incredible Journey: Surviving an Incurable Disease

    “Couldn’t breathe, gasping for air,” is how Bobbie Sofia describes the first sign that something was wrong. In 2007, Bobbie Sofia and her husband, Sam, traveled to San Antonio, Texas from their home of almost forty years in Lake Havasu City, Arizona to attend their daughter, Ashley's, graduation from Air Force Basic Training. While enjoying [...]

  4. 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.  [...]

  5. 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, [...]

  6. Soccer Mom Strokes on the Field

    The phrase “soccer mom” might be a cliché, but for Jessica Cook of Jacksonville, Fla., it was apropos. The mom of three boys (ages 6, 10 and 13) spent hours in the car each week driving her sons from one field to another for their weekly soccer practices and games. With a family history of [...]

  7. Abby Kuhlmann

    Abby's Heart Surgery Story

      Here's a note we received this week from Kathryn Kuhlmann, the mother of a Mayo Clinic pediatric patient: My daughter, Abby, who is 11, had heart surgery at Mayo on May 29, and she recorded a short video tour of her hospital room to share with some family and friends. I'm contacting you at [...]

  8. Date Night

    'Date Night' Takes on New Meaning for Heart Patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona It would be hard to ignore the elephant in the room. This "elephant" happens to be the 400-pound artificial heart machine that is keeping alive a very special patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona -- a 41-year-old husband and father of [...]

  9. John Thomas playing the piano

    A Heartening Song: From One Patient to Another

    The young are bullet-proof.  Or they seem to think they are. That’s probably why we don’t see middle-aged X-games athletes.  Rare, too, is the 65 year old motocross racer or the social security recipient who spends his free time sky diving.  The line between good choices and not-so-healthy choices is often blurry for the young.  [...]

  10. 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 [...]

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