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Heart Health

26 percent of all deaths in the US that year-died of heart disease, making it our nation's #1 killer. Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System are committed to providing up-to-date, clinically proven information that addresses the key causes of heart disease and provides clear, actionable advice for all ages.

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Her Story, Her Heart

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Eau Claire, WI
02/16/2017
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Healthy Heart Fair

Community Education

Eau Claire, WI
02/25/2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In The News

Carolyn Nicolet recovered quickly from minimally invasive heart procedure in Eau Claire

Nicolet underwent valve replacement surgery and recovered within weeks.

September 13, 2016
Mayo Clinic Number One in Nation/Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse recognized as high performer by U.S. News & World Report

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse was rated High Performing in heart failure by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions, which was published...

August 5, 2016
Girl's heart defects prompts Heart Walk participation in Eau Claire

Anne Hoel, a physical therapist, works with patients with heart disease every day. But that care took on a whole new meaning when her daughter, Lauren, was born with multiple congenital heart defec...

September 18, 2015
Eau Claire earns awards for heart attack care

Eau Claire recently was recognized by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

July 28, 2015

From The Blog

What should I do if I might be having a heart attack?

A heart attack is a frightening experience. Fortunately, health care providers are highly trained to provide critical care to assist heart attack patients during their time of need. However, it’s equally important for people everywhere to better recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and to react quickly.

John Haley MD By John Haley December 6, 2016

Hunting and heart attacks

Your gear might be prepared for hunting season, but have you stopped to ask yourself if your body is ready?

Anthony Furlano DO By Anthony (Tony) Furlano October 13, 2016

Performing more than 400 minimally invasive heart valve repair surgeries

I have spoken to many cardiac valve patients that have said they are afraid of having an open surgical sternotomy. They say it is a powerful reason to put off surgery when they are told about the many months of a painful recovery, respiratory compromise and the possibility of an infected large wound. But now, there are options.

Robert Wiechmann MD By Robert Wiechmann August 12, 2016

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery

Medical advances have allowed for the development of minimally invasive heart surgery, an umbrella term for a number of procedures that have been developed to decrease pain and the amount of time needed for recovery, with less blood loss, a lower risk of infection and smaller scars.

Gloria Krueger, P.A.-C. By Gloria Krueger July 19, 2016

Window to the heart

Five centimeters. Less than 3 inches. That’s the window to the heart I use when I perform a minimally invasive heart valve surgery on a patient.

Thomas Carmody MD By Thomas Carmody June 30, 2016

Cardiac rehab gets runner back on track after open-heart surgery

Tim Eversman of Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, made strides to improve his heart health after two surprising diagnoses. His nurse practitioner, Kayla Dascher, and physical therapist, Steve Johnson, helped him get back on the road to recovery.

February 11, 2016

Doctor's intuition leads to lifesaving care

Many people think if they’re fairly young and in good physical condition, they won’t have major health problems — but you never know when a surprise event will change your life.

January 20, 2016

Tips for safe snow shoveling

Shoveling snow can be good exercise when performed correctly. But taking on more than your body can handle or ignoring signs that you need to take a break may prove to be harmful. Health care providers at Mayo Clinic Health System want to ensure your safety as you clear driveways and sidewalks, so here are some tips for safe snow shoveling.

December 29, 2015

Getting to the heart of the matter: Women and cardiovascular disease

Are you feeling chest pain? Tingling or numbness in your left shoulder? Nausea? You might be having a heart attack — but you might not realize it.

October 9, 2015

One year later: Quick response following a heart attack in Barron

Oct. 10 is bound to be a day Ernest “Skip” Bessen remembers forever. The day will be noteworthy, not only because it involves a multiday canoe trip along Missouri’s Current River — but it will also mark the one-year anniversary of the day he nearly died.

October 1, 2015

Tuned-in technology: Program monitors patients from afar

Like everyone, Katherine Schmitz has good days and bad days — but the bad days are what worry her family and medical team. That's when her medical providers recommended she try Telehealth, a home monitoring program.

September 4, 2015

Cardiac rehabilitation helps woman regain strength and confidence after heart surgery

Jacky Smith admits it. “I’m stubborn,” says the 57-year-old Winnebago resident. “Very stubborn.” So, when she had shortness of breath and chest pain one day at work, she didn’t listen when her co-worker, and later her husband, urged her to go to the Emergency Department.

June 19, 2015