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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

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
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

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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
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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
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Eating for your heart: The Mediterranean diet

Ready to switch to a more heart-healthy diet? Here's how to get started with the Mediterranean diet.

Teresa Scanlan, C.N.P. By Teresa Scanlan June 21, 2021
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When to see a cardiologist

Chest discomfort, shortness of breath and leg swelling are a few symptoms of heart disease. Read why these and others may suggest you need a referral to a cardiologist for individualized treatment.

Robert Houlihan MD By Robert Houlihan May 13, 2021
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Racing heart beat? Heart arrhythmia 101

A fast heart rate is common when you're exercising, or feeling excited or nervous. But what's happening when your heart rhythm changes unexpectedly?

VAIBHAV VAIDYA By Vaibhav Vaidya April 15, 2021
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Tips to keep stress from hurting your heart

Stress. It can wreak havoc on your health, including your heart. Use these tips for reducing stress with the added benefit of improving your heart health.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty April 13, 2021
Know Your Numbers: Family History

Know your numbers: Family health history

Genes play a role in your health. Understanding your family's heart and health history is key to understanding your risk of heart disease. Find out which relatives you should talk to about family health history.

February 23, 2021
Know your numbers: heart rate

Know your numbers: Heart rate

The better you understand your heart rate, the more you can maximize your movement to give your heart a good workout. Here's how.

February 16, 2021