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Mercy TAVR Patient, Age 88, Can Breathe Easy Again

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Jane Coleman found it hard to breathe. She had little energy and always felt tired. A widow and resident of an independent living facility in North Canton, Jane had started paying for extra help with household chores, such as changing her bed sheets.

Most would say this isn’t unusual for people of Jane’s age (she’ll be 89 by the end of February) or with her diagnoses (atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure). But Jane had two physicians who believed she still deserved and could have a better quality of life.

In caring for Jane’s heart conditions, Steven Hirsch, M.D., a leading interventional cardiologist with Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI), ordered tests in late 2019 that revealed a heart valve issue. He referred her to Ahmed Sabe, M.D., interventional cardiologist and president of the Heart Hospital at Mercy, for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

“At Mercy, we were the first in the Akron-Canton area to perform TAVR without general anesthesia, allowing us to send our patients home the same day as the TAVR procedure, one of the first in the nation to do so,” Dr. Sabe said. “That has allowed us to expand our care to include patients like Jane, whose overall health stands to benefit greatly from TAVR. I believe she has more living to do, and now she can do it with a greater degree of comfort and happiness.”

Learn more about TAVR at Mercy.

After her TAVR procedure on January 24, Jane said she could breathe more easily right away. She went home that same day. Since then, she’s noticed a gradual increase in her energy. She can do things around her apartment again without having to stop all the time.

“I know it’s a little thing, but I feel like I don’t need to hire anyone to change my sheets anymore,” Jane said.

She also takes an exercise class twice a week and says she feels great. In the near future, she’ll begin cardiac rehab.

“The heart team at Mercy is excellent,” said Jane. “But it wasn’t just the heart team—the whole experience from beginning to end was positive. Every nurse I had, including the one who was a new graduate, was great.”

With more than 30 years of experience in catheter based treatment of heart valve patients, Dr. Sabe performs more than 1,000 cardiac invasive procedures every year. He said, “I am always available for second-opinion consults to help patients avoid open heart surgery in favor of valve repair or coronary stents, a less invasive procedure that’s of equal quality and outcomes.”

To request a second opinion with Dr. Sabe, please call 330-588-4676.

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