DEFECTIVE VALVES ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HEART FAILURE IN THE ELDERLY.
WHILE SURGERY HELPS SOME, FOR OTHERS IT'S JUST TOO RISKY AND AS TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOW US NOW THERE'S A NEW, LESS INVASIVE SOLUTION.
RETIRED MEAT CUTTER WILL NEIGHBORS IS STILL PLENTY SHARP.
BUT WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A FAILING HEART VALVE, HE KNEW HE WAS IN TROUBLE.
"I just couldn't really do anything. I couldn't much more than walk across the floor, and then I just had to labor to do that."
DUE TO HIS AGE AND MEDICAL HISTORY, SURGERY WASN'T POSSIBLE.
BUT AT DUKE UNIVERSITY, WILL WAS OFFERED A NEW LESS INVASIVE OPTION. A STENT VALVE DELIVERED ON A CATHETER THROUGH A GROIN ARTERY TO THE HEART.
And rather than removing the valve this catheter-based system is a stent that opens and pushes the old scarred valve out of the way. "
THE NEW VALVE SLIDES IN TO IMMEDIATELY REPLACE THE OLD ONE, RESTORING NORMAL FUNCTION.
"Every time a nurse came by I'd snatch 'em little ol' gizmos off her neck and listen to my heart, how smooth it was, and before it was just raggedy as anything you ever seen or heard." NOW, WILL IS FEELING STRONGER, AND FEISTIER WITH EVERY STEP.
My great great grandpa lived to be 114. I'm shootin' for that number.
WITH HUMOR AND A NEW HEART VALVE ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE.
DUKE IS ONE OF SEVERAL SITES AROUND THE U-S TESTING A STENT VALVE IN PATIENTS WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK OF COMPLICATIONS FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY.
PATIENTS WHO HAVE THE STENT VALVE PROCEDURE ARE TYPICALLY HOME WITHIN A FEW DAYS.
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