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Treatment for diseases and conditions affecting lung and airway function.

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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

From The Blog


Upper airway stimulation therapy restores couple's restful nights

Jerry Wojtkiewicz woke up many mornings more tired than when he went to bed because of sleep apnea. Now, he's sleeping well and waking refreshed thanks to upper airway stimulation therapy.

October 11, 2021
Child on swing

Create an asthma action plan for your child

Asthma is a common chronic condition of childhood. If your child has it, the back-to-school season is a great time to develop an asthma action plan. Here's what to include.

Katie Swanson, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N By Katie Swanson July 28, 2021
JP Nunez

COVID-19 patient recovering after hospitalization, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support

A busy, otherwise healthy young man, J.P. Nunez also happens to be the youngest patient requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support for COVID-19 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Here's his journey.

February 18, 2021
Older man trying to catch his breath

Trying to catch your breath? What's normal, when to see your doctor

Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although healthy people occasionally may experience it, persistent shortness of breath is a sign of a medical problem.

June 26, 2020

COPD: Risks, symptoms and prevention

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a collection of serious lung diseases that obstructs airflow from the lungs and causes breathing issues. According to the American Lung Association, more than 11 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COPD, which is the third leading cause of death. Understanding the risks, symptoms and effective prevention methods of COPD can help your long-term health.

Sara Domeyer CNP By Sara Pitzer November 29, 2016

Why cleaning your positive airway pressure (PAP) supplies is important

Daily cleaning of supplies is important in keeping your airway open while you sleep by maintaining a good seal between your face and the mask. Find out why.

January 8, 2016

Eau Claire woman breathing easier thanks to Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Judy Hanson is a big believer in second chances — and new beginnings.

November 27, 2015

Lung cancer detected with early screening

Bill McWhite was vacationing along the Texas Gulf Coast — a time a person would traditionally be relaxing — when his body let him do anything but unwind.

November 20, 2015

Checking the facts of COPD

On average, we take 20,000 breaths every day. Our lungs are one of the largest organs of the body, and they do a lot of work 24/7 to keep us alive. If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it can change your life. It’s a disease that causes obstructed airflow of the lungs and produces symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Sunny Khosa MD By Sunny Khosa August 18, 2015

Patient Online Services helps Bloomer man stay connected

Imagine the awe your grandparents or great-grandparents felt as they watched television for the first time.

June 19, 2015