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My TAVR procedure kept me volunteering

Gordy - TAVR patient

Gordon “Gordy” Bauer, age 92

Gordy is very humble when discussing his extensive volunteer resume. “I enjoy what I’m doing, and I can’t make it any plainer,” he says.  As a retired Navy diesel engineer, Bauer has a particular interest in assisting military personnel and their families. “I get personal satisfaction from helping servicemen and servicewomen.”

Gordy has spent countless hours volunteering at the Minneapolis and Hastings veterans homes assisting in various events,from bingo games to clothing drives. He’s prepared and served meals at the Dorothy Day Center for more than 25 years. He’s also donated over 10 gallons of blood to the Red Cross.

During the summer of 2016, Gordy’s aortic heart valve became severely narrowed. His fatigue and shortness of breath made volunteering difficult. After discussing his treatment options with his physicians, Bauer elected to have the minimally invasive TAVR* procedure. Two days after the procedure, he was recovering at home.

Today, Gordy volunteers at the Armed Forces Service Center at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport. During his midnight to 4:30 a.m. shift, he welcomes on duty soldiers and their families with bags of goodies, American flags and a heart-felt smile.

*TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement): a procedure that allows physicians to replace a calcified and narrowed aortic valve (aortic stenosis) with a catheter device instead of traditional 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.