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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.

In The News

First patient has TAVR heart surgery in Eau Claire

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive procedure perfect for higher risk patients, like Charles Kaeding.

February 17, 2017
Keep your heart healthy with these tips

Positive lifestyle changes can improve the health of your heart starting today.

January 31, 2017
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

From The Blog

Routine checkup leads to lifesaving heart surgery

Brian Schilling didn’t know anything was wrong when he went in for his regular physical. But, unbeknownst to Schilling, there was a problem lurking in one of the valves in his heart.

September 18, 2017

Tips to keep stress from hurting your heart

We all react to stress differently. How we experience and react to that stress has the potential to lead to health issues. Periods of excessive stress have been linked to problems that increase heart disease risk, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty July 25, 2017

Heart surgery gives new meaning to taking the stairs

Chris Schlicher's physical limitations didn’t allow him to do everyday activities on a regular basis. However, after a mitral valve repair to his heart, he has more energy and is able to engage in life without limitations.

July 25, 2017

Breathing easier after TAVR heart surgery

Dorothy Ganong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was referred by her allergist to see a pulmonologist when medications and breathing treatments weren't helping her labored breathing. Fortunately, her pulmonologist listened to her concerns and symptoms, and felt it was her heart that needed attention.

July 24, 2017

From heart surgery to hunting: Man back doing what he loves

Jim Hurt finds satisfaction in doing a good day’s work and spending time with his family. Both of those were threatened when he learned that he needed further testing of his heart during a routine physical.

June 28, 2017

Heart attack leads to life-changing opportunity

Jeanie Hinz was having a bad year. In spring 2016, she broke her ankle and was laid up for several weeks. Then in July, she wasn’t feeling well.

March 31, 2017

First patient has TAVR heart surgery in Eau Claire

Until recently, 87-year-old Charles Kaeding of Augusta considered himself to be in fairly good health. However, that quickly changed when he noticed getting increasingly tired and becoming short of breath when exerting himself.

February 13, 2017

Heart attack patient lives to tell another fish tale

Rochelle Diercks was used to her husband’s fishing tales. But the tale he lives to retell from his annual fishing trip in June 2016 is even more unbelievable than any embellished story she’s ever heard before.

February 8, 2017

Love your lipids!

Keep your cholesterol and triglycerides at normal levels to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Andrew Calvin, M.D. By Andrew Calvin January 19, 2017

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?

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