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From the Heart
January 5, 2022

The Right Time for a Heart Valve Replacement

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  • 1Retired, La Mesa, California
JAMA Cardiol. 2022;7(3):245-246. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.5440

I just spent a month (31 days) on vacation on the Central Coast of California. I rented a condo near family and walked along the beach every day. My family was able to enjoy these fun activities with me because I was celebrating the recent implant of an aortic valve using the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. My heart valve journey had spread across 80 years, but over these years, my chances for a successful heart valve implant improved as advances were made in the art and science of medicine.

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2 Comments for this article
Experience counts
Michael Longley, MD | Nebraska Spine Hospital
You have benefited greatly from the experience of skilled clinicians and technicians. This illustrates how value comes from experience and skill. The difference for patients from experience and wisdom in their treatment can make a life and death difference. We should all aspire to be like Dr. White.
The old axiom holds:
H Gorfinkel, MD, FACC, FSCAI | Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington Un. School of Health Sciences
"For God's sake, don't do something, just stand there."

Nothing beats critical age related experience.