Mitral Valve Patient Story

hanselman pt story medRobert Hanselman’s medical condition meant surgery was not an option to replace (repair) his 13-year-old heart valve. Luckily Robert’s Florida cardiologist knew Adam Greenbaum, M.D., at the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, where innovating and perfecting minimally invasive heart valve procedures happens every day.mitral valve replacement patient story

Robert had one option -- a minimally invasive procedure called TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve replacement). In his cardiologist’s opinion, Robert needed to be in Detroit in the expert hands of Dr. Greenbaum and his very experienced team -- with little time to spare.

“Mr. Hanselman’s valve had failed over time and was now severely leaking. Like many patients in his condition, he was too ill to likely survive another open surgical procedure. To help Mr. Hanselman and others in his situation, we have developed transcatheter alternatives where a new heart valve could be delivered through a catheter in his femoral vein,” says Adam Greenbaum, M.D., cardiologist and co-director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at Henry Ford Hospital. “We are one of the largest single centers with extensive experience performing this procedure, we understand its intricacies, a procedure which has been life-saving for our patients.”

The entire team, which included Gaetano Paone, M.D., cardio thoracic surgeon and Dee Dee Wang, M.D., cardiologist, brought their expertise in mitral anatomy and 3D cardiac imaging, respectively to Mr. Hanselman’s case. “When his particular anatomy presented us an unusual challenge, it was the expertise of our team that meant the procedure was successfully completed, which ultimately required three heart valves.”

Today, Robert is home in Florida, busy in a cardiac rehab program, working out and getting stronger every day. “Dr. Greenbaum saved my life, I wouldn’t be here to share my story without him!”

At the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, innovations and advancements in treatments of the heart are bringing patients from all over the country for life-saving care. To learn more about the team that create and perfect these procedures and their latest advancements.

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