Essentia Health brings lifesaving procedure to Northland
When doctors diagnosed 86-year-old Delores “Dolly” Stepan with aortic stenosis, the prognosis was grim. The disease narrows the aortic valve, and without a replacement valve, half of untreated patients die within 12 to 24 months.
“Aortic stenosis is a common problem,” said Dr. Nizar Saleh, Essentia Health cardiologist and director of echocardiography. “Many people do not realize they have it, and just attribute it to slowing down as they get older.”
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