Items Tagged ‘Heart & Blood Health’

October 5, 2016

9-Year-Old Twin Sisters Dance With Bone Marrow Donor Who Saved Them

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

You may not remember what you were doing when you were 9-years-old, but for Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, they’ve formed memories that will last a lifetime. The twin girls recently met the man responsible for the bone marrow donation that saved their lives nearly four years ago. After being diagnosed with a rare condition that […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


September 29, 2016

World Heart Day

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

Today is World Heart Day, and in case you didn’t know, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today: over 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year. Make sure you know what signs to look for and the steps you can take to prevent heart […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health


September 26, 2016

Whole Grains Month

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Did you know September is Whole Grains Month? It may seem strange that there’s an entire month devoted to whole grains, but it’s because these little grains pack a big punch and can do wonders for your health! They’ve been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other health problems. […]

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Tags: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrine, Healthy Living, Heart & Blood Health


August 30, 2016

Coordination and Teamwork Make Simultaneous Surgeries Seamless for Heart Transplant Recipients

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

Once complete strangers, Michael Tyler and William Tiger now share a moment of making history together. The 55-year-olds underwent the first simultaneous heart transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, marking a significant milestone for the Transplant Center team. It was a long road for both Michael and William, as they both required ventricular assist […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Transplants


August 17, 2016

The Disorder You May Not Know You Have

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

We all run into those moments where we notice abnormal things with our bodies that often cause us to self-diagnose or overlook reasons why they happen. While you may not have heard of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or EDS, Mayo Clinic says it’s more common than you might think. EDS is an inherited disorder that affects connective […]

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Tags: Bones Joints & Muscles, Heart & Blood Health


August 4, 2016

Healing Baby Lucas’ Heart

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

An average day at the doctor’s office for a routine ultrasound quickly turned into the worst day of Jennifer Gutman’s life. During her visit, her youngest son, Lucas, was diagnosed with a severe heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Through the support of her family, Jennifer was connected to Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., […]

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


July 20, 2016

Birthday Heart: Young Transplant Patient Receives Birthday Gift of a Lifetime

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Do you remember writing your birthday wish list when you were a kid? Telling your parents all about the latest and greatest toys you wanted, and then plotting with your friends how you were going to play with them. For some kids, receiving a second chance at life has become the only gift they care […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Transplants


July 6, 2016

African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

When it comes to being charitable, bone marrow donation may not sound as easy as a clothes drive, but it is way more valuable. According to Be The Match, a patient’s best chance of finding a matching bone marrow donor is with someone of similar ancestry, and African American’s represent only 6% of the total […]

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Tags: Autoimmune Diseases, Bones Joints & Muscles, Cancer, Heart & Blood Health, Transplants


June 29, 2016

Consider physical therapy

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Physical therapy has a role in treating tons of conditions, like heart disease, fractures, head injuries, cerebral palsy, and many others. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been recognized as one of the top Rehabilitation hospitals in the nation; with more than 50 specialists providing inpatient and outpatient care at all three Mayo Clinic locations.

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Tags: Bones Joints & Muscles, Brain & Nervous System, Heart & Blood Health, Physical Therapy & Rehab


June 14, 2016

World Blood Donor Day

By Kelsey Mohring Kelsey Mohring

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day – a day we honor those who already donate and remind others of the life-saving power they have. Whether it be during horrific tragedies or a local blood drive, there is a constant need for donations and 1 donation can save up to 3 lives. One quick stick […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health