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Testimonial for Jefferson Cardiology Association

By the time he was 88 years of age, Robert Babcock had lived a good, full life and was certainly not expecting to get a new lease on life. But that was exactly what he did get, when he was diagnosed in 2015 by Alan D. Bramowitz, M.D., FACC, at Jefferson Cardiology Association, with aortic valve stenosis and treated with an innovative new procedure that gave him a prosthetic valve. With his new replacement valve in place for the past four years, Robert has had renewed energy that has enabled him to stay active, drive, pursue his many interests and travel.

Robert Babcock is an exceptional man who has led a very active and fulfilling life, of achievements, adventures and many satisfactions. A 1950 graduate of the Naval Academy, he spent twenty years in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander and pilot, serving on a destroyer in Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean. Upon retirement from the Navy, he earned a master’s degree in engineering from Penn State and went on to teach there until 1992. He’s a husband, father, grandfather, engineer, pilot, flight instructor, educator, patriot, ham radio expert and world traveler with an intrepid spirit and a deep love of life. His curiosity about the world has led him to travel extensively, and at the age of 92, he has barely slowed down.

Just four years ago, Robert began experiencing shortness of breath and saw his primary care physician, Robert Waligura, D.O., who referred him to Dr. Bramowitz at Jefferson Cardiology. Dr. Bramowitz ordered a cardiac catheterization which revealed aortic valve stenosis – a narrowing of the passage through the heart valve that forces the heart to pump harder, eventually leading to fatigue and shortness of breath. Aortic stenosis is a common condition in older adults and can lead to heart failure. Dr. Bramowitz referred Robert to Robert J. Moraca, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at Allegheny Health Network who explained that a replacement valve was needed. Because of Robert’s advanced age, however, open heart valve replacement surgery was deemed too risky.

Fortunately, Dr. Moraca had a new option to offer: a minimally invasive procedure in which a replacement heart valve is placed in the heart via a catheter – a long thin, pliable tube – that is inserted in the femoral artery through a small incision. This procedure, known as the TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure, does not require a large chest incision to access the heart, and the recovery period is much faster and easier.

Robert had the procedure done in September 2015 at Jefferson Hospital and the procedure went perfectly. His new valve continues to work perfectly, and he is regularly monitored by Dr. Bramowitz. “I feel like I was given a new start,” he says. “I’m otherwise healthy, able to travel and enjoy life. All my symptoms disappeared and I feel great.”

He highly recommends Dr. Bramowitz and Jefferson Cardiology. “Dr. Bramowitz is an extraordinary doctor. He’s warm and friendly, and takes a personal interest in you. He listens to anything you have to say and answers every question. He’s extremely patient, and very good at explaining things. He explained the problem, the options for treatment, and what to expect in the recovery and was very clear about all the pros and cons.

“I feel completely confident in their care at Jefferson Cardiology. Every experience I had with Jefferson was positive – all the doctors, nurses, and staff treated me very well. My wife, Patricia, is also a patient there and we are both extremely satisfied with the care we have received.”

Robert lives in White Oak, where he enjoys working with ham radio and computers and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Patricia are avid travelers who have visited most of the U.S., in a motor home, plus Mexico and Canada as well as many other countries.

For more information, visit www.jeffersoncardiology.com; to make an appointment call (412) 469-1500.

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