A Tennis Lover Is Back on the Court–Thanks to Heart Valve Replacement

Thomas Dolan is 85 years old and still running around a tennis court. A few months ago, though, he started feeling tired and dizzy. Concerned, he turned to Yale Medicine for help.

John Forrest, MD, an assistant professor of cardiology at Yale School of Medicine, quickly discovered Dolan’s aortic valve had become calcified, blocking blood flow to the heart. 

The fix? Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). It's a minimally invasive procedure that delivered a replacement valve to Dolan’s heart. This short documentary catches up with Dolan a few months after the procedure, back on the tennis court.

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