Nine months after an endocarditis bacterial infection suddenly scarred the lining of previously healthy Andrew Z.’s heart valve, an echocardiogram ordered by the 35-year-old's Jeanes Hospital cardiologist appeared worrisome.
At age 84, James discovered that his aortic valve was damaged and needed to be replaced. Having undergone open heart surgery for another condition years before, James had already experienced a lengthy and painful recovery process, and did not want to endure another traditional procedure. Instead, he came to the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute for a minimally-invasive treatment option - transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Last fall Brian S., a 71-year- old retired school bus driver from the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, had difficulty breathing. Suffering from congestive heart failure, he could barely do anything. He visited several other area hospitals, but was not satisfied until he went to Jeanes Hospital—just 12 minutes from his home.
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