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GA grandmother first in North America to undergo historic heart valve procedure

Maragret Komendantov on the left (Source: Piedmont Healthcare) Maragret Komendantov on the left (Source: Piedmont Healthcare)
(Source: Piedmont Healthcare) (Source: Piedmont Healthcare)
(Source: Piedmont Healthcare) (Source: Piedmont Healthcare)

ATLANTA (WTVM) - A Fortson, GA grandmother of four is the first in North America to undergo a revolutionary heart valve procedure at an Atlanta hospital.

According to Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Maragret Komendantov, 76, had the first the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement in the U.S. and fourth in the world for patient with mitral valve stenosis using a fully repositionable valve.

Because of her "extremely impaired" quality of life, Komendantov had no alternative but to have her failing mitral valve replaced.

"While Margaret has never had a heart attack, her heart issues are among the most difficult to address," the hospital release said. "Her expected rate of survival without treatment was 50 percent at two years."

Piedmont Healthcare said the procedure has only been performed four other times in the world on patients with mitral valve stenosis and using a fully repositionable valve.

The valve was replaced using the Lotus Valve System, and Piedmont Healthcare had to request use of the technology, still only in clinical trials for aortic valves only, from Boston Scientific. The FDA also had to give approval for the use, which was granted because of the collaboration with various experts globally and "extensive work done to construct 3D images of the patient's heart."

"It also was granted because there are no clinical trials available to Margaret," the release continued.

The surgery took place at Piedmont's Marcus Heart Valve Center, and doctors at the center consulted specialists from England, Switzerland, Minneapolis and Chicago, as well as Atlanta.

"Margaret looks forward to a family trip in June to St. George Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast," the release said. "She wasn’t able to walk up the stairs last October when they were there. Procedure should help her regain quality of life so she’ll be able to garden for more than 20 minutes at a time and resume exercising."

Margaret is doing well and was already up and walking about the hospital Tuesday afternoon. She’s expected to go home by Thursday.

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