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My TAVR procedure kept me playing ball

  • Jack - TAVR patient

    John “Jack” Arland, age 86

    Ever since Jack was a young boy, he enjoyed playing softball. After Jack’s aortic heart valve narrowed (severely), his doctor advised him to limit or quit playing softball. Jack wasn’t ready to give up his softball career. But, he wasn’t a good candidate for open heart surgery. His age, 86, and previous open heart surgery increased his risk for surgical complications and a prolonged recovery.

    Fortunately, the TAVR procedure was a great option for Jack. His medical team repaired his heart valve using a minimally invasive device placed into his groin. The procedure significantly decreased Jack’s recovery time compared to open heart surgery. And, like many TAVR patients, Jack returned home two days after his procedure. Within a month, Jack felt great and was back on the softball field.

    Almost a year later, Jack continues to play competitive softball 2-3 times a week. Being the team’s catcher keeps him active and enjoying the sport he loves. Plus, Jack’s team is currently in first place in the 85+ Senior Softball League.  

    *TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) = a procedure that allows physicians to fix a severely narrowed aortic valve (aortic stenosis) without opening up the patient's chest/open heart surgery. 

    United Heart & Vascular Clinic offers a full range of resources for the prevention, early detection, rapid treatment and rehabilitation of heart disease in one integrated, state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in downtown St. Paul. Together with Nasseff Heart Center on the United Hospital Campus, United Heart & Vascular Clinic is your resource for specialty heart care. Much of its innovative work is supported by philanthropy, including that provided by United Hospital Foundation and its generous donors.