Nonsurgical Heart Procedure Gives Man New Lease on Life

Imagine having barely enough energy to walk across a room. A few months ago, this was the reality for John Harding who was frequently out of breath, severely fatigued and drastically dropping weight.

“I was just going downhill and felt like dying,” said Harding.

Harding was ready to give up on life until his doctors discovered the cause of his failing health: Mitral valve regurgitation, which significantly weakens the heart and often leads to heart failure. It affects approximately four million people in the United States.

Fortunately, there was a treatment that would not require surgery.

Harding was one of the first patients to undergo a new procedure at ProMedica Toledo Hospital called Abbott’s MitraClip® procedure. This procedure is a minimally-invasive alternative for individuals who are not candidates for open-heart surgery.

Just weeks later, Harding celebrated his 82nd birthday with his family and said he felt “500% better.”

Here’s more from Harding and John Letcher, MD, ProMedica Physicians Cardiology, about how this option is giving patients a new lease on life.