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Dec 13, 2019 · Life expectancy after heart transplant for GCM in Transplants

Hi @linda59, and welcome to Connect. I’m sorry to hear that your son’s disease has returned. Giant cell myocarditis (GCM) is a rare cardiovascular disorder that occurs for unknown reasons (idiopathic). It is characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium), a condition referred to as myocarditis.

I’ve included some links to more information on myocarditis, which includes treatment options, lifestyle and home remedies (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myocarditis/basics/definition/con-20027303).

How have you and your son been managing his GCM thus far?

Mar 22, 2016 · Core Decompression Surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@tllamber, I’m glad you hear that you’re able to do some physical activity. I would recommend continuing to talk to your doctor about what treatment options will work best for you.

Mar 23, 2016 · I need both knees replaced. Where can I seek stem cell therapy? in Joint Replacements

Hi @sadiegirl, and welcome to Connect.

Have you spoken with your doctor about the regions stem cell therapy is available?

Jan 30, 2017 · 7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure affects about 1 in 3 adults. Everything from genetics to stress can be a factor – and while medications can help, there are also ways people can bring it down naturally. Mayo Clinic physicians share some science-backed tips to ease rising blood pressure.

  • Exercising 30 minutes a few times per week can lower blood pressure and helps strengthen the heart, which is vital to pump blood.
  • Relax. Being overly stressed doesn’t do your heart any favors and can increase a person’s risk for heart problems. So if you’re feeling stressed, try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditating.
  • Put down the coffee and alcohol. Caffeine has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure. If you’re feeling off, reconsider that second (or third) cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Jan 27, 2017 · Hit the slopes, not your head

Has watching the X Games inspired you to hit the slopes or break your snowboard out of storage? Winter sports can be a fun form of exercise, but it’s important to be safe while participating in them. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury seen in winter sports, and because the extent of TBI can vary, so can the symptoms and treatment options. Facing a traumatic brain injury can be just that – traumatic. So if you plan to participate in your own X Games, wear a helmet and practice safe X!

Jan 25, 2017 · 11 Effective Solutions for Heartburn

Sixty million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month—and some studies show that more than 15 million Americans have symptoms every day. Doctors suggest that these numbers will likely continue to climb due to the growing obesity rate in the U.S. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus. But there’s a lot you can do to relieve the burn without relying on antacids and medications. Making simple lifestyle changes can go a long way, such as eating smaller meals, drinking plenty of water or drinking dark roast coffees. Reduce heartburn and be healthier with small changes to your daily routine.

Jan 23, 2017 · Diagnosis and Treatment for a Rare Disease Brings Back Trish Byrd’s Hearing and Optimism

In spring 2016, Trish Byrd went deaf and no one knew why. With constant ear pain and the inability to hear, Trish saw seven different doctors, but none of them could give her an answer. Trish was nearing the end of her options and met with an ear, nose and throat specialist at Mayo Clinic. “It took him 67 minutes to figure out what was wrong,” said Trish. She had a rare disease called granulomatosis with polyangiitis, which can cause inflammation of blood vessels in noses, sinuses, throat, lungs and kidneys. Trish says visiting Mayo Clinic made all the difference because her team gave her a clear, calm explanation of the condition and the treatment she needed.

Jan 20, 2017 · Mayo Clinic Helps Patients with Rare Genetic Condition

Metachromatic leukodystrophy. What’s that? It’s a rare genetic disorder that causes your brain and nervous system to progressively lose function. Though the disease is rare, Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat more than 40 people a year with metachromatic leukodystrophy. It’s an example of one rare disorder among many that Mayo Clinic works with patients and families to treat. With individual treatment programs, knowledgeable experience, and the latest research and developments on metachromatic leukodystrophy, Mayo Clinic is the place to find the answers you’re looking for. Request an appointment today.