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. Life-Threatening Infection Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

      Alex Zabaski became seriously ill when an infection destroyed one of his heart valves. But emergency heart surgery at Mayo Clinic eliminated the danger and restored Alex's heart health. In March 2017, Alex Zabaski of Phoenix welcomed the chance to see friends in Chicago -- a city he'd never visited before. During his stay, the [...]

    2. Heart Care Gives Pat Rozeske New Rhythm

      Heart problems were wearing down Pat Rozeske and sapping her strength. But cardiac surgery and rehabilitation have renewed her energy and put her on the path to better health. Pat Rozeske is passionate about her work at a fundraising company. But when the busy fall season rolled around several years ago, she found it hard [...]

    3. Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic

      When Alice Alimurung was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening tumor, she embarked on a hunt for a surgeon with enough expertise to remove the mass. The search led Alice from the Philippines to Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, where she found an experienced surgical team that saved her life. For more than 15 years, Alice [...]

    4. Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race

      When Sarah Bopp began having shortness of breath and chest pain, she was surprised to learn that the problem was a heart condition that could have taken her life. But now open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic has the 29-year-old back in competition and more fit than ever. Sarah Bopp has been a competitive swimmer since [...]

    5. Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast

      When she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein anomaly, Dannika Mechtel came to Mayo Clinic for care. Surgery not only repaired her heart, it restored her vitality, so she can keep competing in the sport she loves. Those closest to her were the first to spot a change in Dannika Mechtel. [...]

    6. Cardiac Ablation Helps Alan Kostrzewa Summit New Heights

      When treatment for a torn rotator cuff uncovered two underlying heart conditions, friends urged Alan Kostrzewa to go to Mayo Clinic for help getting back to his highly active way of life. Alan Kostrzewa never thought the term "endurance athlete" applied to him until doctors began telling him otherwise. "After talking with them, I guess [...]

    7. Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery

      When James Tembrock was told he needed surgery to replace his aortic valve, he wanted to find a medical center where he could have the procedure done using a minimally invasive approach. That search led James to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. When James Tembrock of St. Cloud, Minnesota, learned he would [...]

    8. A Personalized Approach to Heart Health

      Heather Lister knew she had an abnormal heart valve. What she didn't know was that this defect put her at risk for a much more serious problem. But her Mayo Clinic care team gave her the information she needed to make a decision on the best way forward. When she was born, Heather Lister had [...]

    9. Full-Spectrum Care for a Complex Heart Condition

      When Mark Gill came to Mayo Clinic, he was in severe pain and his medical condition was grim. But thanks to a thorough evaluation and comprehensive care, Mark was able to regain his health. Barbados businessman Mark Gill is no stranger to health care. Diagnosed at birth with a rare congenital heart condition called tetralogy [...]

    10. Routine Checkup Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

      Brian Schilling was shocked to learn he had a dangerous condition that required surgery to repair one of his heart valves. But the procedure went off without a hitch, and Brian's grateful for the thorough care he received through Mayo Clinic Health System. Brian Schilling didn't think he had any medical concerns when he went [...]

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