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Cancer survivor hits the links again after minimally invasive heart valve replacement

At age 58, Laura Hosking was unusually young to need a new aortic heart valve. But her situation was not typical: As a teenager, she had received treatment for late-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including full-body radiation, which put her at risk for problems with her heart and other disorders later in life.

A finance professional and mother of three, she began to feel the long-term effects when she was in her 40s. She tired easily and had difficulty walking and carrying groceries. She could no longer play her usual 18 holes of golf. As her condition worsened over the years, she sought the help of cardiologist Randall Vagelos , MD, who found she was suffering from aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve opening that results in restricted blood flow. Her health was further compromised by the discovery in 2013 of lung cancer, which was brought under control with a combination of CyberKnife radiotherapy and localized surgery.

Given these factors, Vagelos, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine , knew Hosking might not be able to withstand open-heart surgery, so he offered her the option of a relatively new, minimally invasive heart-valve procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. The procedure is considered by many in the field as a game-changer. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 for use in patients who, like Hosking, are considered at high risk of complications or death from open-heart surgery.

Aortic Valve - Bookshelf


The Aortic Valve
336 pages
The Aortic Valve

This volume presents the interaction between medical and surgical cardiology, providing coverage of aspects of aortic valve disease.

The Aortic Valve
221 pages
The Aortic Valve

This book provides information on the aortic valve.

A Handbook of Aortic Valve Disease
108 pages
A Handbook of Aortic Valve Disease

The pointwise and concise writing has made this book specially useful for students and exam going students.

Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery
351 pages
Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery

This text provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of catheter based approaches to valve and aortic diseases.

The Living Aortic Valve The Living Aortic Valve

This is in large part due to the fact that for a longtime, aortic valves were thought to be passive flaps which open and close in responses tochanges in transvalvular pressures.

Aortic Valve - News


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Heart's aortic valve replaced without surgery
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St. Jude Medical Gains CE Mark for 25 mm Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart ...
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