Items Tagged ‘Heart & Blood Health’

May 2, 2017

Tetralogy of Fallot

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

When Jimmy Kimmel revealed his son Billy was born with a heart problem, it was the first time many of his viewers had heard the complicated medical terms used to describe it. Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth. These defects affect the structure […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Kids & Teens, Pediatrics


February 20, 2017

Shoveling snow could lead to a trip to the hospital

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Are you shoveling safely? Each year, 11,000 people are hospitalized due to snow shoveling related accidents. Patients suffer from back and head injuries, bone fractures and sometimes even heart attacks. Minimize your risks by: Using a quality light-weight shovel with a good grip Shoveling straight ahead to minimize twisting and trying to push instead of […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Heart & Blood Health, Men's Health, Women's Health


January 30, 2017

7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

By Alyse Brunella alysebrunella

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 […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Heart & Blood Health


January 25, 2017

11 Effective Solutions for Heartburn

By Alyse Brunella alysebrunella

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 […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health


January 18, 2017

Six Unexpected Ways Winter Affects Your Health

By Alyse Brunella alysebrunella

Catching a cold or flu during the winter can leave you feeling miserable for days, if not weeks. That’s why most people focus on avoiding the sniffles or a sore throat, but what about the other health risks that aren’t usually associated with winter? Conditions such as asthma, heart attacks and stroke are often overlooked, […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Heart & Blood Health


December 22, 2016

Teen Receives Thorough, Compassionate Care Before, During and After a Heart Transplant at Mayo Clinic

By Nate Gilbraith nategilbraith

Chase Fairbairn’s life was interrupted at the age of 11 in 2011. Chase suffered cardiac arrest on a soccer field. During a brief hospitalization, Chase was tested for cardiac issues, but when his test results came back normal, he was released with a diagnosis of dehydration. Chase’s heart stopped again two months later during another soccer match. […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group, Transplants


December 16, 2016

Sisters’ Heart Transplants Inspire Family to Organize Holiday Toy Drive

By Alyse Brunella alysebrunella

As a mother, Linsey Rippy’s holiday shopping list is usually full of toys, but surprisingly not always for her own children. Linsey’s daughters, 10-year-old Madi and 7-year-old Sydney, were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as toddlers, and each had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic at age 3. Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to have […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


December 13, 2016

After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

By Nate Gilbraith nategilbraith

Did you know that cancer survivors are at an increased risk for heart attacks? Mayo Clinic researchers recently analyzed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, which is the most severe type of heart attack. Findings showed that one in 10 had a history of cancer. While the study found that cancer […]

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Tags: Cancer, Heart & Blood Health


November 25, 2016

How the Weather May Be Affecting Your Blood Pressure

By Alyse Brunella alysebrunella

The changing of the seasons can be a beautiful thing, but the effects that it may have on your health…not so beautiful. With autumn’s cooler temperatures, it’s important to be mindful of more than just your wardrobe. Sudden weather changes and cooler temperatures can cause your blood vessels to narrow and raise your blood pressure. Especially […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health


November 16, 2016

Mayo Clinic Connect Welcomes New Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Group

By Ali Skahan aliskahan

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM, is a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder to pump blood. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with HCM, there’s an online community waiting to support you. Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can share your experiences and find support […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health