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Dorothy’s song: Heart procedure gives patient new life

Dorothy Fuller was having trouble catching her breath, and it was holding her back from doing things she loved. Without being able to breathe deeply, she couldn’t sing in church, which is one of her true passions.

Dorothy, who is in her 90s, needed a heart valve replacement but could not risk open-heart surgery. Luckily, an innovative procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was available. It is an ideal option for patients like Dorothy.

TAVR uses a catheter to carry a new valve through the blood vessels into the damaged valve. The new valve then expands into place and begins working instantly.

Since the procedure, Dorothy has been able to sing and return to her active lifestyle. Here is Dorothy’s story.

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