It was more than a sense of déjà vu – it was scary. That feeling in James Clark’s chest as he made his daily two-mile walk around his neighborhood was uncomfortably familiar. “Any type of exertion and I would get a lot of pressure and pain in my heart area,” said Clark, an 82-year-old retired Michigan restaurateur now living near the 12th hole on the Baneberry Golf Course in White Pine. “It got to where I couldn’t walk up any type of hill.”
The pain was much like the pain in his chest 20 years ago when he had open-heart surgery for five bypasses – an operation he feared he might not survive a second time. This time, however, the only bypassing to be done was the circuitous route surgeons took to replace his aortic valve. Clark’s procedure was the 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) to be performed by Covenant Health’s elite TAVR team.
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