1,000th transcatheter heart valve procedure performed at St. Paul's Hospital

A heart valve procedure is enough to make any patient nervous, but Gisela Wegner didn’t show any nerves as doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital performed a transcatheter heart valve (THV) implantation on her while she lay awake without sedation. Wegner’s calm was even more impressive because the procedure was being broadcast around the world and to a conference of doctors in downtown Vancouver.

“If no valve replacement was becoming available or if Dr. (John) Webb had not considered me a candidate, if I went just by medication…the deterioration is frightening, it’s coming so fast,” Wegner said prior to the procedure.

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