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Heart Valve Disease Patient Stories

At NYU Langone’s Heart Valve Center, we provide patients with superior care from doctors who are leaders in the field of heart valve repair and replacement. Our patients share their success stories after treatment.

Harvey’s Story About Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Stenosis

“They take a splinter out, and it hurts you more than this procedure I had.”

–Harvey, Age 84

Living in Manhattan, Harvey walks everywhere—to work, to synagogue, to meet friends for dinner. He also has to walk the dog.

So when he started feeling out of breath during his 20-block walk to work, Harvey became concerned. The doctor ran some tests and diagnosed him with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve that makes it harder for the heart to move blood throughout the body. Treatment requires a new heart valve.

Harvey’s doctor referred him to Dr. Mathew R. Williams for a minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. Within two days, Harvey was walking the dog around the block. Not long after, he was back to work and enjoying an active social life.

“All I had was a little black and blue mark on my thigh,” he says. “I’m very pleased with the results.”

John’s Story About TAVR for Aortic Stenosis

“I came in on Wednesday morning, and on Thursday, I walked out of the hospital and went home.”

–John, Age 78

John was enjoying the retiree life in Florida when a persistent dry cough and shortness of breath started to slow him down. The diagnosis was aortic stenosis, and treatment is a new aortic valve. Because of John’s overall good health, his doctors recommended open heart surgery.

“I talked to people that had open heart surgery—the maintenance afterward, the hospital time, the down-time—it was too long for me,” says John, a retired New York City fire captain.


He wanted a better option, and found it: TAVR. He could have had the procedure done in Florida, but after doing research he chose NYU Langone’s Heart Valve Center.

“I had to go with the best,” he says. “I started feeling better right away. I feel good knowing that the procedure is done and I can live with less shortness of breath.”

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