Ruby Morgan-Dermody, a feisty 89-year-old who exercises daily, thought she was pretty healthy. At a visit to her primary-care physician, Ruby told the doctor she “felt a bit tired, but I’m an old lady!” While listening to Ruby’s heart, her physician told her things weren’t working the way they should. “Sure they are,” she remembers
In the last six years, James Homire’s heart has caused a lot of health problems.
Beginning in 2010, Homire, 86 and a retired attorney from Eureka, Missouri, has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and aortic valve stenosis; he also has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. All of these conditions can be life threatening,
Dyke Foster, 55, a longtime mail carrier from Assumption, Illinois, has had a problematic heart his entire life. Afflicted with a congenital heart condition, he had his first surgery at age six. In 2000, at age 41, a failing heart valve was replaced with a harvested human one. By 2014, this replacement valve was failing,
We are in the final stages of putting together our annual report to the community and one of the stories from the publication we wanted to share early is an update on TAVR patient #1, Mary Ann Cahalin of Florissant.
“My wife is famous.” That’s what Cahalin’s husband would share with friends and even some strangers after
Florissant native Mary Ann Cahalin was back at Barnes-Jewish Hospital today for her four year checkup, looking good and feeling great. On January 17, 2008, Cahalin became the first patient in the region to recieve a transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the PARTNER trial.
In the procedure, Washington University physicians replace aortic valves without opening a patient’s