He Could Handle Surgery, But Wanted Options

Jon was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a dangerous hardening of the valve that controls the flow of blood from his heart to the rest of his body. “They recommended open heart surgery,” he says. The horseman knew he could handle it. “But I didn’t really want it,” he says. “So I went to Providence Seaside to see about other options. They referred me to the valve clinic at Providence St. Vincent.”

Choice Through Innovation

At the valve clinic, Jon was enrolled in a clinical trial testing transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). The procedure replaces failing aortic valves using catheters instead of surgery. According to Robert Hodson, M.D., medical co-director of the structural heart program, “Providence Heart was a leading participant in national trials that secured FDA approval of TAVRs for higher-risk patients. Now we’re one of just 26 participants in a trial for lower-risk patients like Jon.”

Donors Open Doors for Patients

Jon’s experience has been seamless. “The valve clinic and research team make it just about the easiest thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “It’s just remarkable.” Donors have been essential to the valve clinic’s progress. “We’ve done hundreds of these procedures for higher-risk patients, says Dr. Hodson. “ Now it’s exciting to expand care to people like Jon at lower risk. It wouldn’t be possible without donor support.” We love that! will support research into transcatheter replacement of other heart valves.

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