Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries, she underwent open-heart surgery as an infant to correct the way blood circulates throughout her body. Though rare, congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defects – affecting about 1% or 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

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Young Age Does Not Equal Low Risk for Patients Needing Aortic Valve Replacement

While transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) continues to expand its pool of eligible patients, open heart surgery—resulting in excellent patient survival and fewer strokes when compared to TAVR—is the best option for young and middle-aged adults with aortic valve disease—at least for now.

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