Heart procedure changes patient’s life: ‘I feel better than I have in years’

Before his surgery, Timothy Ackerman couldn’t walk well or balance, making simple tasks like picking something off the floor nearly impossible.

At 69, he suffered from several medical issues, including a severe heart condition called aortic stenosis, which is deadlier than most cancers.

Recently, Ackerman underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR at IU Health Bloomington to treat it. The procedure helped him avoid open-heart surgery and go home the next day.

“I feel better than I’ve felt in two or three years,” says Ackerman. “I’m looking for things to do, and I’ve regained an interest that I thought had died for good.”

Watch the video above to learn about the procedure.