TAVR For Minimally-invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

TAVR stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the replacement valve is inserted through the femoral artery. No heart-lung machine or opening the chest. The new valve is actually jammed right inside the old one, which is shoved out of the way. Needless to say, this is a great … Continue reading TAVR For Minimally-invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

Shoulder Update- Canoeing and SUP Still OK, Kayaking is Borderline

My orthopedic doc sent me for an MRI for my shoulder and discovered a torn rotator cuff. He said it is moderate in size and he would normally want to do surgery to fix it, but I am asymptomatic- no pain or weakness in relevant motions like shoulder rotation. He will monitor the tear and … Continue reading Shoulder Update- Canoeing and SUP Still OK, Kayaking is Borderline

Relentess Spirit- The Missy Franklin Story

Melissa "Missy" Franklin is a highly decorated American swimmer (she actually has dual US Canadian citizenship). She won 4 gold medals at the Olympics in London in 2012, and 11 gold medals at the world aquatic championships (a record until broken by Katie Ledecky in 2017). Missy retired from swimming competitively in 2018, because she … Continue reading Relentess Spirit- The Missy Franklin Story