I lead a pretty normal good busy life. I was
active in my church. I lead a very busy life. And, uhh, I just slowed down. I’m ready to live again. 93 – Year Old Lois Greene Talks TAVR I got so that I was being asked to go to lunch
and saying no that I didn’t feel like it. I would site down to read and wake up maybe
an hour and a half later with the book on the floor. And really hadn’t realized that
I had fallen asleep. Most patients with aortic valve stenosis usually
present with some symptoms of shortness of breathe chest pain loss of consciousness,
fatigue, umm, usually these patients have been hospitalized on multiple occasion for
heart failure. Until the diagnosis is made there is really no medical treatment. I was
home alone that afternoon and I had fallen asleep and I woke up and it was about 3 o’
clock in the afternoon. And… I just knew I had to get help. I called 911. TAVR, I studied,
is a Transcatheter Aortic Valve procedure. It provides us with a means of placing the
valve without the need for open heart surgery. Uhh, the valve itself is made of bovine pericardium
that is actually sutured on a stent and the stent is placed on a ballon catheter.
Once the valve in implanted the patient usually experiences immediate relief in their symptoms
and its almost night and day. Dr. Momplaisir was very forthcoming in answering
the questions and everything. That he showed me what the valve looked like and he said
thats what I needed to have replaced. I was very impressed with him. Knew I was probably
in pretty good hands. Once we deploy the valve we see the human
dynamics, the blood pressure, the improvement, and the patient automatically becomes stable.
If you talk to the patient, you’ll notice that the patient will realize that the symptoms,
most of the symptoms have been resolved. When I had the surgery, three of my sons were
there. They just were just flabbergasted, and because I was wide awake and smiling.
And they kept saying, you look so good! You sound so good! And I said I am! I’m back!
The first time I saw her in the office, after the procedure, she looked completely different.
She looked so alive. And for her having grandkids, having family around her definitely makes
a difference. I’m like a new person, and uh I know that
between the skills of the surgeon and all of the prayers that I had from my family and
my church. That why I’m here, and thats why I’m a new person. Thats why I’m ready to live
again. When I think thats what makes what we do,
uhh, worthwhile is you get to see the impact you have on someone’s life. In her case its
not the amount of years we’ve given her, its the quality of life.
I’d like to tell you how it feels to be 93 but really don’t know other than I try to
live my day, days, everyday and I’m willing to go out to lunch now and I’m willing to
go to church now. I just feel different. Do you have a story like Lois’ to share?
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