• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Heart care gives Pat new rhythm

February 24, 2019

Heart problems were wearing down Pat Rozeske and sapping her strength. But cardiac surgery and rehabilitation have renewed her energy and put her on the path to better health.     

Pat Rozeske is passionate about her work at a fundraising company. But when the busy fall season rolled around several years ago, she found it hard to keep up.

"I was tired all the time," she says. "I lost my appetite. I was having trouble sleeping."

Pat couldn't get comfortable at night because it was hard for her to breathe. A resident of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Pat went to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire for an assessment of her breathing trouble, along with what she thought could be the flu.

Tests revealed a very different problem. Pat's care team discovered she had an irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation, and a leaking mitral valve that was contributing to heart failure. Pat didn't have any typical signs of heart failure, such as chest pain, pain in other parts of the body, headaches, heart palpitations or dizziness, so the diagnosis came as a shock.

"That was a difficult time for my family," Pat says. "They were worried about me, but we trusted my Mayo Clinic Health System team." Read the rest of Pat's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.