U-M Frankel CVC teams recruiting for Heart Walk 2015

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This Saturday, May 9th, is the date for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk/5K Run, and two U-M Frankel CVC teams are working hard to recruit more participants. Their common goal for Heart Walk 2015 is to help fight heart disease by raising money for cardiovascular education and research.

Why they walk

Joe Bryant and his daughter

Joe Bryant with his daughter and dog in last year’s Heart Walk.

U-M Frankel CVC exercise physiologist Joe Bryant is walking this year as team captain of Cardiovascular Medicine at Domino’s Farms. This marks his third year leading the team.

“We’re walking to recognize our cardiac patients who have made lifestyle changes in an effort to reduce their risk of future cardiac events,” says Bryant. “We encourage patients to attend the Heart Walk so they can see that there are many heart patients who are not just surviving, but thriving following a heart event or procedure.”

The team’s goal, Bryant says, is to recruit 20 walkers and to raise $2,000.

Another dedicated team captain is Jim Bloom, technical supervisor in the Frankel CVC Cardiac Procedures Unit (CPU). Bloom has been participating in the Heart Walk for the past 18 years, and this year is no exception as he leads his team, the CVC CPU Cardiocrew. Continue reading

Is it old age, or aortic stenosis symptoms?

Those suffering aortic stenosis symptoms often attribute them to old age

Elderly man and stethoscope - aortic stenosis symptoms can mimic signs of aging

Is your elderly parent or loved one “just getting older”? Or could his or her health problems be aortic stenosis symptoms?

Is your elderly parent or loved one experiencing normal slowdowns in health as a result of old age, or is it something more severe?

Aortic stenosis symptoms parallel health concerns that are often attributed to old age, including:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Increasing fatigue and low energy level
  • Heart murmur
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fainting or passing out

What is aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve does not open fully, decreasing blood flow from the heart to the body. Severe aortic stenosis is often unpreventable and is most commonly attributed to old age (70+). Other causes may be a buildup of calcium deposits causing narrowing of the valve, high blood pressure, radiation therapy or a history of rheumatic fever.

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Cardiovascular Center celebrates 200th TAVR, new hope for aortic patients

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Genevieve Boguszewski, 87, enjoying life after TAVR to replace aortic valve.

Slowing down with age was something Genevieve Boguszewski simply couldn’t accept. By age 87, a body changes but she suddenly couldn’t manage her own gardening or vacuum a rug. She needed oxygen just to get around.

Following care at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center to replace a diseased aortic valve, she’s not just getting older, but better. Elderly patients like her often cannot tolerate open heart surgery, but with the TAVR procedure, valve replacement was possible.

“I could tell from the look on his face how far I’d come,” she says of her 30-day follow-up visit with University of Michigan interventional cardiologist Stanley Chetcuti, M.D. “He said I didn’t look like the same person. I definitely don’t feel like the same person. I told him ‘It’s because of you that I feel good again.’ “

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