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Wed, May 24, 2017 2:17pm

Know your options when dealing with heart issues

By Melissa Bear, Champions Director, @mbear

Bob was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to a leaky mitral valve. He went from being an active fisherman to barely being able to walk to the mailbox.

His local physician referred him to Mayo Clinic and Peter Pollak, M.D., a cardiologist, to consider a minimally invasive procedure for patients with leaking mitral valves who are suffering from mitral valve regurgitation, and are too old or too weak for open-heart surgery.




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“I could tell almost immediately that my breathing was better,” says Bob, a Mayo Clinic mitral valve patient. “I was up on my feet and felt just great.”

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This is good information, I’ve recently been diagnosed with an abnormal tricuspid valve however I haven’t been able to see a doctor for guidance.

Hello Ralph,
I’m glad you found the information useful! I hope you’ve been able to connect a doctor. If you’re interested there is also a Heart & Blood Health group here on Connect, where you may find others facing similar issues. I’ve included the link to the group below:

Thank you!

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