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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.

In The News

Eau Claire offers new heart procedures

Patients now have the options of left atrial appendage closure and hybrid ablation surgery to correct atrial fibrillation.

November 1, 2021
Mankato rated by U.S. News & World Report

The hospital at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato was recognized on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" rankings.

July 27, 2021
Heat, humidity dangerous to people with high blood pressure

High temperatures and humidity can cause serious health consequences for people with high blood pressure and heart disease.

July 6, 2021

From The Blog

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Your heart can break from stress

February can be a happy time with loved ones. It also may be so emotionally stressful that it feels like your heart is breaking. Learn more about broken heart syndrome.

Niti Aggarwal MD By Niti Aggarwal February 17, 2022
Nkechinyere Ijioma MBBS By Nkechinyere Ijioma February 17, 2022
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Know your heart health numbers

Knowing and understanding key heart numbers can help determine your risk for developing heart disease or stroke. Learn the numbers you need to know.

Abdelrahman A. Aly, M.D. By Abdelrahman Aly February 1, 2022
Gregg Bohlig

New heart, new start for Gregg Bohlig

Gregg's life has been full of heart-pounding moments, including a big shock when he learned that not only did he have a rare disease, but that he would need a heart transplant.

January 11, 2022
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Women's health: Can holiday stress lead to a heart attack?

It's easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos that accompany the holiday season. Can the stress impact your heart health or contribute to a heart attack? Two cardiologists weigh in.

Niti Aggarwal MD By Niti Aggarwal December 2, 2021
Nkechinyere Ijioma MBBS By Nkechinyere Ijioma December 2, 2021
Brad Wendland

Sudden cardiac arrest sidelines coach during game

When football coach Brad Wendland collapsed on the sidelines, Mayo Clinic Health System staff jumped into action. Learn how their quick response saved his life.

November 4, 2021
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Transforming heart care with advanced treatment for atrial fibrillation

Some people may not know they have atrial fibrillation, while others have life-altering symptoms. New advanced treatment options help keep the heart in normal rhythm and reduce the risk of stroke.

November 1, 2021
Dan O'Bryan

Getting to the heart of it: Irregular patterns alert to alarming condition

Dan O'Bryan didn't think his mild symptoms were anything to worry about. The Mayo Clinic team remotely monitoring his heart saw something different and urgent.

October 13, 2021
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Is it love or atrial fibrillation?

Love can make your heart feel all aflutter. But if you're feeling weakness, shortness of breath or chest discomfort, it may be atrial fibrillation. Learn more about this treatable condition.

Breno Pessanha MD By Breno Pessanha September 29, 2021

A mother's heart: Teamwork saves new mom, son

Julie Janzen's uneventful pregnancy took a dramatic turn at 39 weeks when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening aortic dissection. Her care team quickly convened to develop a plan to save Julie and her baby.

September 22, 2021
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The other arterial disease

Like coronary arteries, peripheral arteries can become diseased, causing pain or numbness in your feet, calves, thighs or buttocks. Learn more about this condition.

Mohamed Omer MD By Mohamed Omer August 27, 2021
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Effects of hot weather, humidity on blood pressure, heart

High temperatures and humidity can cause serious health consequences for people with high blood pressure and heart disease. Learn warning signs that your body isn't keeping up with the heat.

Heather Mpemwangi NP By Heather Mpemwangi July 23, 2021
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Easy tips to improve your heart health

When you focus on heart health, you're not only benefitting your heart, you're improving other areas of your life. Get tips to keep your heart as healthy as it can be.

Niti Aggarwal MD By Niti Aggarwal July 1, 2021