Richmond resident Ron Geiersbach was vacationing in Myrtle Beach when he thought he was coming down with bronchitis.
Instead, his doctors diagnosed him with severe aortic stenosis, or hardening of the aortic valve. Because he had previously undergone heart bypass surgery and might not survive another open-heart procedure, his doctors referred him to Carilion Clinic's interventional cardiology team for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure intended for patients whose age, frailty or other underlying conditions place them at too high a risk for open-heart surgery.
Effects are instantaneous because blood flow immediately increases, and recovery time is minimal so patients can focus on regaining their strength and endurance. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in our region to offer this treatment option.
"Not only do I appreciate the great team we have here for cardiac care, but I appreciate all the nurses who I came into contact with and all the people who really helped me," said Ron.
Watch the video to see Ron tell his TAVR story in his own words.
As many as 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with valve disease, but there are treatments. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor today about your heart health:
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or dizziness
- Pain, tightness or discomfort in the chest
- Fainting or feeling faint
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Decrease in exercise capacity
- Swollen abdomen or ankles and feet
It could just save your life!