'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option _ a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests.
"It's like they jacked me up and put a new motor in," said Herbert Rose, 81, of New York City.
He couldn't climb a few stairs without pain and shortness of breath before his April implant, but said now he swims 11 to 14 laps in the local pool every other day.