A Heart Valve Procedure That Works Wonders

Sometimes medical advancements border on being miracles. One such medical advance is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR helps high- and extreme-risk patients avoid open-heart surgery to repair severe heart valve problems (aortic stenosis). The TAVR procedure allows patients to go home sooner, and it allows patients to be treated when they may not have had other treatment options in the past.

Trials are getting underway to use TAVR in low-to-moderate risk patients. Success in this trial is the key step toward FDA approval of the procedure for more patients.

One patient who underwent the TAVR procedure has a unique story. She had the procedure when she was 99 years old. She’s is now 103 years old and still living on her own!


See the news report about her progress.

Meet the Author

Daniel O'Hair, MD is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He also serves as the director of the Surgical Robotics Program at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

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