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Rosemary B Heart Valve Replacement - Rosemary's Story

The TAVR procedure improved my heart function and symptoms so much!

At 78-years old, Passaic County resident, Rosemary Brand, had no plans of slowing down. Rosemary is happiest when she’s on the go, which made it all the more devastating when she developed a heart condition that claimed her vitality and independence.

Rosemary’s cardiologist detected a heart murmur and diagnosed her with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. Overtime, her heart continued to deteriorate leading to heart failure, however due to her age and co-existing health issues, Rosemary was not a candidate for open-heart surgery.

Thanks to advances in treatment and access to Newark Beth Israel’s Valve Center, she had another option: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This minimally invasive approach enables surgeons to mount a new, collapsible valve on the tip of a catheter and then thread it to the heart through the femoral artery in the leg. Once in place, the new valve is expanded and begins working immediately. Rosemary underwent the procedure and says:

“It was smooth sailing. I woke up from surgery and I felt fantastic. The TAVR procedure improved my heart function and symptoms so much! All those years I was gasping for air. Now there’s nothing holding me back.”

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