TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care

Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States are estimated to be living with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main heart valve that impedes blood flow from the heart. For years, open heart surgery was the best option to remedy this condition in patients, but continued research in the field has led to transcatheter … Continue reading TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care

How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis

For a doctor, the hardest conversation you ever have with patients is when you have to tell them, “No, there’s nothing I can do for you.” I went into medicine to make folks better. When you can’t do that, it’s like admitting your own fallibility. You feel you’ve hit a brick wall. Until just a … Continue reading How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis

Woman’s heart valve surgery a life-changing experience

Lori Johnson knew she’d been feeling tired — even more tired than usual — coupled with a tough time getting adequate sleep. Her doctors had previously told her she may have congestive heart failure, but she didn’t fully appreciate what that meant until one day at work in 2012. “Call 911,” the 54 year old told … Continue reading Woman’s heart valve surgery a life-changing experience

Traveling the road of TAVR technology, longer life for truck driver

When you hear that you only have six months to live, you can feel desperate. For 65-year-old truck driver Thomas Taylor, it meant traveling the road of a new heart valve procedure. After years of neglecting his health, Thomas suffered from problems with the aortic valve in his heart. It was narrowing and obstructing the … Continue reading Traveling the road of TAVR technology, longer life for truck driver