Francis' story: "I felt like 102 before — now I feel like 52"
By the time he was in his late 60s, Francis had been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis and had suffered a heart attack. But after he underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, "it was like they put a new life in me," he says.
Ed's story: "I said ... 'It's probably indigestion' ... then all hell broke loose"
Ed was going about his normal workday when he started not feeling well. He ended up suffering a massive heart attack, being airlifted from his community hospital to D-H, having surgery, and being put in an induced coma for 10 days. Today the 44-year-old is just fine.
Elsie's story: "From the moment I had the operation ... I wasn't having heart pain"
Nearly 100, Elsie had been slowed down by angina due to a blocked aortic valve but was judged too fragile for open-heart surgery. When her doctors proposed a less-invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), she decided to go ahead with the procedure. And she felt better right away.