82-year-old valve patient experiences evolution of heart surgery first-hand

82-year-old Herman Veselka is no stranger to hospitals. Over the last 25 years, he’s undergone several cardiovascular procedures, and had a front-row seat to watch how heart surgery and technology have evolved over time. When he arrived at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital’s Center for Valve Disorders last July, he had … Continue reading 82-year-old valve patient experiences evolution of heart surgery first-hand

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

After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story

Doctors and patients forge personal connections in different ways, for different reasons. Molly Szerlip, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and Fletcher Harris, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, found they had a unique bond. Her daughter was about to take an emotional, educational trip to … Continue reading After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story

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

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