February 06, 2019
High-risk heart patients get a second chance at Dallas Valve Institute
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the medical staff who cared for TAVR patient Dorothy Lowman celebrated her 100th birthday with a party in the same place she received heart treatment at Medical City Dallas. Last year, the same medical staff celebrated Dorothy’s 99th birthday and wanted to commemorate this major milestone with her.
Lowman was diagnosed in November 2017 with aortic stenosis, a serious valve disease that occurs when a heart valve is too narrow. She was previously told her condition was untreatable due to advanced age. Interventional cardiologist Bruce Bowers, MD, and cardiovascular surgeon Todd Dewey, MD, at the Dallas Valve Institute performed a lifesaving and life extending transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis.
Lowman went home the day after her TAVR procedure and is in good health today. Each year, more than 200,000 Americans suffer with severe aortic stenosis, with more than 60,000 aortic valve replacement procedures performed annually.