From Shortness of Breath to Dancing the Twist!
When it comes to finishing in first place, Jim Christensen is well-versed. Jim's list of first place finishes seems endless - waterskiing, bowling, baseball, boxing, racing, dancing - you name it and he's won it.
True to form, first-place-Jim was the first patient to undergo a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
"I couldn't walk across a room, before having to stop and catch my breath," explained Jim, who
was suffering from a life-threatening condition called
severe aortic valve stenosis.
Instead of traditional open heart surgery to fix his valve, Jim was able to qualify for TAVR. This less invasive procedure uses a catheter to insert a new valve within the native diseased aortic valve, via a small incision in the leg.
Jim had the TAVR procedure performed in the new Cardiac Hybrid Suite at St. Joseph's Medical Center and after a short stay in the hospital, he was back home and "ready to do the twist."