Cardiovascular patient stories

  1. Austin Adamson

    Heart repair doesn’t slow baseball player for long

    Austin Adamson, 19, was a day away from having heart surgery that would require a median sternotomy – “cracking open” the sternum (breastbone) to reach the heart – when he learned he was a candidate for a less-invasive procedure at Mayo Clinic. Adamson, who lives in Wilmer, Minn., had an atrial septal defect, a congenital [...]

  2. Mike Politowicz

    Heart attack — not shark attack — almost brings surfer down

    New imaging technology helps determine cause, treatment for heart symptoms Many surfers fear sharks. But not Mike Politowicz, 45, a seasoned surfer with 30 years of experience. “Surfing is a form of relaxation,” he says. Relaxation, that is, mixed with a little adrenalin and heart-pounding anticipation of a good ride. But on Aug. 7, 2010, [...]

  3. Kari Ulrich

    Before and After Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Diagnosis

    Kari Ulrich, a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPy26amqyc Kari writes: "Looking back to my early twenties, I suspected that the symptoms I was experiencing were not something every twenty year old faced. I always looked healthy on the outside. I [...]

  4. A Family Member's Point of View

    By Lindsay Engelstad I was not a patient at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, but my mother was. Prior to her going into the hospital, I always hear people say “Go to the Mayo Clinic it is the best place to be if you are sick”. Yeah right, it is a hospital and all hospitals are the [...]

  5. When Medication is No Longer Effective for Atrial Fibrillation

    Ron Boyle has had atrial fibrillation for twelve years.  He recalls, “When I was in a-fib most of the time, getting upstairs was a problem.  Just doing daily routine was a problem.  Get up in the morning and being totally fatigued and that’s the way the day would start.”  His previous medications were no longer [...]

  6. New Therapy Freezes Out Atrial Fibrillation

    Rosalee Johns says she has her life back thanks to a freezing therapy called cryoablation that restored her heartbeat to normal. In 2008, Johns, then age 67, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the atria — the upper chambers of the heart — receive irregular electrical impulses that cause erratic heartbeats. Johns’ [...]

  7. Still Diving Deep: Heart Repair Keeps Bends at Bay

    Veteran scuba diver Scott Martin, 46, and his girlfriend left Florida in July 2011 to celebrate his birthday in Cozumel, Mexico. His experience there changed the way he thinks about his heart and his favorite pastime. The couple had been in Cozumel for five days, diving twice a day. On the morning of the last [...]

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