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Patient Comes to Mayo for Foot Surgery, Receives Lifesaving Surprise

When Virgil Jernigan came to Mayo Clinic for foot surgery, he was in for a lifesaving surprise. During an exam before his surgery, he mentioned to his nurse practitioner that he had been feeling fatigued and short of breath. So she ordered cardiac testing. Virgil was shocked to learn he had a leaking mitral valve – [...]


    • Cardiac expertise. Mayo Clinic is one of the largest medical centers in the United States for heart valve surgery. In addition to surgery on people who are found to have valve problems for the first time, Mayo surgeons also perform complex heart valve surgeries, including surgeries for people who have high surgical risks or who have previously had heart valve surgery.
    • A team approach. The Mayo Clinic heart valve team, along with heart surgeons and doctors with special training in heart disease (cardiologists), provides you with integrated, coordinated and comprehensive heart care.
    • Cutting-edge medicine. Mayo Clinic heart surgeons may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, including video thoracoscopic and robot-assisted surgery, in selected patients. Minimally invasive surgery involves the use of smaller incisions, and you may have less pain and a shorter recovery period after minimally invasive surgery. Mitral valve repair is one of the most common minimally invasive heart surgeries performed at Mayo Clinic.

      Mayo Clinic cardiologists and surgeons perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in selected patients at high risk of open-heart surgery. In TAVR, an artificial valve mounted on a catheter is inserted through an artery and expanded across a damaged valve, eliminating the need for open-heart surgery.

    Related book: Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! book provides an easy-to-follow plan to prevent and conquer heart disease.

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

    Sept. 01, 2016