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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

Eau Claire welcomes new physician assistant in Cardiology

Danielle Goodrich is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

February 16, 2018
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

Get a quick start on better heart health

Since February is American Heart Month, it’s a great time to think about the health of your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Fortunately, small changes can make a difference when it comes to improving your heart health.

Anita Inveiss MD By Anita Inveiss February 20, 2018

Energized for new year after heart surgery

Barbara Vinck says she wasn't herself and had no energy. A stress test and echocardiogram revealed Barbara had multiple issues with her heart.

February 8, 2018

Q&A: It's never too early to develop heart-healthy habits

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for adults in the United States. However, there are several steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. Lauren Havens, nurse practitioner with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, shares her thoughts about thinking heart healthy, especially at a young age.

Lauren Havens DNP By Lauren Havens February 7, 2018

The (heart)beat goes on for Dave Andros after cardiac arrest

Dave Andros has a new perspective on life after beating the odds following his sudden cardiac arrest at the gym.

February 1, 2018

Minimally invasive procedure helps Mike Sandor’s heart keep the beat

Dianne and Mike Sandor were lying in bed one Saturday morning, Dianne’s head resting on Mike’s chest. Suddenly, she sat straight up. “What was that?” she asked. She’d heard an odd sound, like the squeak of a mouse, coming from her husband’s chest.

January 31, 2018

After heart attack, water skier looking forward to getting back on the water

Brian Kanable was in one of his favorite places: out behind a boat on the Mississippi River, cutting back and forth across the wake. But this morning, something was different.

January 29, 2018

Care team helps Ron Klancher’s heart find a steady beat

Ron Klancher’s heart has served him well over the years. It’s guided him as an athlete, husband, father, teacher and coach, and has powered him through 46 years of running a landscape/concrete business.

January 25, 2018

Pacemakers: Past and present

Pacemakers have evolved over the years by becoming more compact and sophisticated, but they still operate the same way in keeping the heart beating at a regular rate.

January 19, 2018

Can stress lead to a heart attack?

Many people underestimate the impact stress can have on the body, especially the heart. Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously.

Ismail Tabash, M.D. By Ismail Tabash January 17, 2018

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