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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

From The Blog

What should I do if I might be having a heart attack?

Tightness in your chest, pain in your jaw and shortness of breath. Are these signs you're having a heart attack? Learn why recognizing the symptoms and calling 911 are vital during a heart attack.

John Haley MD By John Haley September 29, 2022

Give your heart some love with sleep

Feeling tired during the day may seem like a minor annoyance. But not getting enough sleep is linked to poor health. New research from Mayo Clinic is a wake-up call on why a healthy sleep schedule matters.

Andrew Calvin, M.D. By Andrew Calvin July 14, 2022

African American women need to take their hearts to heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American women. Learn more about the wide range of contributing factors and first steps toward a healthier heart.

Monique Freund MD By Monique Freund June 20, 2022

Not just a hernia: Symptoms disguise life-threatening condition

While seeking help for symptoms of a hiatal hernia, Nathan Emmons was shocked to learn that he had blocked arteries in his heart. Read how his care team worked quickly to restore the blood flow.

June 9, 2022

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

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

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

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? A cardiologist weighs in.

Niti Aggarwal MD By Niti Aggarwal December 2, 2021

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

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

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

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