Five years later, ‘Life Is Good’ for one of Michigan’s first TAVR patients

At 82 years old, Frankenmuth resident Lois Metzger is happy, healthy and full of energy. She’s also living proof of the life-changing benefits of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

The procedure became available only five years ago, giving aortic stenosis patients a chance for a much-improved quality of life. Prior to TAVR, these patients had few options. Metzger was one of the first TAVR patients at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center; today, more than 700 others have undergone the procedure.

“The procedure was a turning point to living a life I enjoy,” Metzger said at her five-year follow-up appointment.

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