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Elderly heart valve patients have new life-saving option at Dominican
Santa Cruz Sentinel

The first thing that 88-year-old Lee Fitzgerald noticed when he woke up from a surprisingly brief nonsurgical procedure to put a new valve in his heart was that the unremitting pain of angina that had limited his movement for the last year was gone. He could breathe better.

“When the operation was over, the first thing I felt was, ‘Oh God, there’s no pain,’” he said. “The chest pain was really confining. I couldn’t walk from one room to the next without pain.”

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