The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

    Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

    1. Breathing Easier After Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

      Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong's quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle. Dorothy Ganong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, struggled with labored breathing for more than two years. She would run out of breath halfway up a flight of stairs and practically have [...]

    2. Open-Heart Surgery Achieves Success Without Blood Transfusions

      Teamwork and careful planning allowed for successful surgery to treat a congenital heart defect in an infant who, for religious reasons, could not receive blood transfusions or blood products. When RaeLynn Gehrke was born in December 2016 with a complex heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot, her parents knew they were up against a difficult [...]

    3. Daughter's Persistence Leads to Discovery of a Life-Threatening Aortic Aneurysm

      Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor's appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. "I'm just that type. I don't go to the doctor ever ? unless I'm [...]

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    Aug. 30, 2019