Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Emergency Medicine

Often life-or-death situations, emergencies are when patients need medical care most. Not all emergencies are avoidable, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing a medical emergency.

In The News

AED Donation to the Fairmont Opera House

Mayo Clinic Ambulance and Mayo Clinic Health System have partnered to donate an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Fairmont Opera House.

February 2, 2021

From The Blog

Two kids fastening life jackets

Boating this summer? Make safety your top priority

Boating can create lifelong memories. Regardless of the type of boat you’re on, remember these basic safety rules for a day on the water.

Jason WrayRaabolle MD By Jason Wray-Raabolle June 30, 2021
Fireworks against dark blue sky

Use caution with fireworks

Independence Day has been celebrated with firework displays since the 1770s. Find out why you need to use extreme caution while using fireworks, and get safety tips.

Kim Schutterle MD By Kim Schutterle June 29, 2021
Lloyd Huebner

Medication, surgery help Lloyd Heubner quickly recover after stroke

Thanks to clot-busting medication and surgery, Lloyd Huebner is back in the game after a stroke — just in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local baseball team's "Strike Out Stroke" game.

May 19, 2021
Couple on sofa holding hands

Who is most at risk for a stroke?

Although stroke risk increases after age 55, many factors play a role in who has one. Learn about risks and preventive steps you can take to reduce personal risk for stroke.

Micah Yost By Micah Yost May 17, 2021
Couple looking at tablet on table

Is it a stroke? How to know and help

Stroke symptoms arise suddenly, leaving you a small window of time to react effectively. It's vital to act quickly if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

Derick Jones MD By Derick Jones May 10, 2021
Looking at laptop screen

Stroke: What it is and the different types

You probably know what a heart attack is, but did know you that a stroke is a medical emergency that also could be called a "brain attack?" Here are the details and explanation of the two types of stroke.

Angela Oldenberg, N.P. By Angela Oldenberg May 3, 2021
Andrew Holmquist

Warming comfort for young boy with head injury

A blanket is just a piece of cloth stitched together, but it can be so much more. Especially when it is given to provide comfort during a difficult time. That's something young Andrew knows well.

March 5, 2021
Rachel Hershman

Quick action saves women after accidental shooting

Rachel Hershman was only four blocks from the hospital when she was hit by a stray bullet. Months later, she is thankful for the quick, expert emergency care she received.

January 13, 2021
Mike and Brandi Wolf

Family warns others to take COVID-19 seriously

Mike Wolf was a healthy guy with no underlying health issues. Then he contracted COVID-19 and spent 43 days in the hospital. Now his family wants to warn others to take COVID-19 seriously.

September 4, 2020
Emergency and Urgent Care

Emergency vs. Urgent Care: What's the difference?

You're not alone if you're unsure if you should go to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care for an accident or illness. Learn about the differences so you're prepared next time the unexpected happens.

Graham King MD By Graham King September 3, 2020
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Don't let a fear of COVID-19 stop you from seeking needed emergency care

Fears of contracting COVID-19 has people questioning if it is safe to seek care in clinics, hospitals, but most specifically emergency departments.

June 15, 2020
First aid kit

Should super glue be in your first-aid kit?

Super glue has a track record of fixing broken things. But what happens when that broken thing is you? Could you use super glue on yourself?

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath June 3, 2020