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Vancouver doctors use novel Chinese heart valve to heal woman

At age 88, Johanna Eisenhuth had long felt her health declining and had to use every ounce of energy just to make it to the grocery store near her Victoria home.

A leaky aortic valve was regurgitating blood into her lungs and, given her age and condition, open heart surgery was not an option.

didn think it would happen. I had given up, Eisenhuth said. was very tired, yawning all day. came a life changing phone call mid June: Doctors at St. Paul Hospital in Vancouver were prepared to perform a revolutionary procedure that would fix her heart using the J valve, a new device from China not yet approved in Canada. the next day, and in the operating room two days hermes black belt knockoff later.

Her operation was performed under the guidance of cardiac surgeon Dr. Jian Ye and cardiologist Dr. John Webb from St. Paul Centre for Heart Valve Innovation. Only four implantations of the J valve have been performed outside of China all of them at St. Paul over the past six months.

Special access to the J valve requires approval from Health Canada on compassionate grounds. New medical devices must go through an evaluation and testing period but the federal health department may make an exception when a patient options run out.

now, we haven been able to treat people with leaky aortic valves, just valves that won open, Webb said. gives us a new option for these patients that before didn have any option but open heart surgery. said most prosthetic valves currently available are designed for calcified valves, but the J valve will also replace leaking valves like Eisenhuth People with a leaky valve suffer from blood flowing backward into their lungs, which can cause shortness of breath and lead to congestive heart failure.

deteriorate over a few years and would usually die from this, Webb said.

Ye said the J valve is unlike traditional prosthetic valves in that it has to clip it onto the leaky native valve. Traditional replacement valves are anchored in place by calcification but if there isn enough present they can be pushed into the heart or arteries, which can cause health complications or death.

J valve implantation takes just a few minutes and the whole operation can be done in less than an hour. During the minimally invasive procedure, doctors make a small incision on the left side of the patient chest, where a tube is inserted to feed the valve into the heart. fake hermes brown belt whosale The patient is put asleep for the procedure but their heart is not stopped.

Ye said the procedure is less stressful for the patient than open heart surgery, with quicker recovery times, and it frees up the operating room for other patients in need of care.

Eisenhuth operation was the first in the world to use an easier to implant, second generation J valve. Eisenhuth remembers little about the procedure but recalls waking up surrounded by caring nurses and doctors.

wan hard at all, she said. next day they had me up and to the washroom and hermes brown belt imitation walking around. five days later, she was home. She now doing well, to the delight of her family.

actually in a good mood all the time and I make people laugh, too, she said with a chuckle.

A clinical trial of the J valve in China found implantations were successful in all six patients who participated, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiologists. During a follow up period, only one patient had regurgitation and none had major complications or died.

going to continue implanting this valve, said Webb, noting that it may be two years before Health Canada approves the treatment.

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