A 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Utah Hamilton, does not scare easily. When he learned he would need a heart valve replacement, he knew it had to be done. Utah was suffering from aortic stenosis, a common and serious valve disease. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, restricting blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When the valve is narrowed, the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening, and eventually, the heart weakens. This can lead to life-threatening problems, such heart failure, irregular heart rhythms or cardiac arrest.… Read more.
At 83 years of age, Merna Nielsen felt that her days were numbered. She sadly thought that she didn’t have much more time to spend with her family, including 16 great-grandchildren. Merna ran out of breath after only walking a few feet. She was no longer able to do activities she loved or even help out with simple tasks like picking up a few groceries.