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A Vigilant Nurse Helped Find My Genetic Heart Defects

Sharing Mayo ClinicMy head pounded incessantly. With every sip of water, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. I coughed and wheezed so hard that my stomach muscles ached. But as sick as I was, this would be one of my healthiest days, because a visit with a vigilant nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic may have saved my life.

After feeling really crummy for several days last spring, lying in bed “drinking plenty of fluids,” and hoping whatever was ailing me would pass, I decided that I had waited long enough. I visited Mayo Clinic Express Care at one of the Hy-Vee Grocery stores in Rochester, Minnesota. That’s where Dawn Kaderabek, a Mayo Clinic nurse practitioner, diagnosed me with Influenza B. She also noticed something unusual.

I learned I was dealing with more than the flu and that I have not one, but two genetic heart defects: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy  and bicuspid aortic valve.    Read the Sharing Mayo Clinic Story  here .