October 30, 2009

Mayo Moments Postpone Date For Heart Surgery

By Kelley Luckstein

God bless you A week of being examined, undergoing tests and consulting with a dozen doctors and a dozen nurses at the famelacy-banks Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., propelled me to postpone undergoing open-heart surgery on Oct. 26 at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where I was to have a heart pump implanted in me…


But new information I received from the Mayo suggest that I may already qualify for a heart transplant at their institution. The pump would then be a short-term bridge procedure…


First, Dr. Lance Mynderse, Mayo urologist, concluded that my prostate cancer diagnosis should not prevent me from being an immediate candidate for heart transplantation because of my rather rapid rate of progress…


"At that rate, you are a lot more likely to die from heart failure than from prostate cancer," Dr. Mynderse said. Second, when I shared this information of Dr. Alfredo Clavell, the Mayo cardiologist and the overlord of my Mayo examinations, he refused to disagree with Dr. Mynderse because Mayo has no set PSA requirement for heart transplant candidacy.


Chicago Sun-Times by Lacy Banks, 10/22/09

Tags: Cancer, Cardiology, heart transplantation, prostate cancer, Urology

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