Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) | Albert’s Story

– My name is Albert Porta.
I live in Nanty town. Right about in October,
I felt a pain in my chest. If I went up a flight of stairs and then did something, boy, I was out of breath. Dr. Jan, I think
I was with him since 1991. He suggested a long time ago
he wanted to do something. I didn’t want to settle
for being cut open again, and then he started telling me
about a new procedure. He told me, he says, “You know,
this is a very good operation,” he says, and “It’s not risky.” He said they go
through the groin and end up at the heart. I said, oh my God,
yeah, I’ll take that. Oh, the TAVR was very easy
to recover from. I was able to do things
that I wasn’t able to do before. I mean,
just outside of two months, I was with my daughter
just recuperating, but other than that, after that, I was able to do
more normal things. I go to bed.
I’d use the stairs. I used the stairs
to go down the cellar, wash clothes
and everything else. So I feel that I got
another chance on life. The care I got, I mean,
here at Chester County, and there at
the University of Penn, I can’t complain. I figure I got first-class care and great people to be able to take care of you, and that’s all you can ask for. Maybe I’ll see
my three grandkids live a nice life
and my granddaughter, a sophomore
at St. Joe’s University and I’m happy.
I’m grateful. I really am. My life is worth Penn Medicine,
without a doubt.

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