Dante's family has a history of leaky mitral valves. When he turned 52 years old, Dante found that he had also succumbed to his family's fate. After consulting with his friends and family, Dante kept hearing the same surgeon's name come up over and over again – Clark Hargrove, MD.
They've been through most everything together. When both were diagnosed with bad aortic valves, they wanted to heal together too. Penn gave them a less invasive option than open heart surgery: TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement). It worked. 65 years of marriage, and counting.
Kevin was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. At 45 years old, his initial valve replacement that he received as a teenager wore out, and he started to experience shortness of breath. Kevin's cardiologist recommended he go see a cardiac surgeon at Penn Medicine.
Rosetta never thought her symptoms could land her in the hospital, much less with a diagnosis of endocarditis — an infection in the heart. It was a close call. Her mitral and aortic valves were damaged beyond repair.
Phil has been seeing his Penn cardiologist close to home in Media, PA for years. But when his aortic stenosis worsened, his cardiologist got him right into surgery at Penn in Philadelphia and quickly back home for cardiac rehab.
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