Life After Aortic Valve Replacement

Watch patients tell their stories about how the Ross Procedure has benefitted their lives.

Victor Abraham

Age: 68

Los Angeles, California

Victor Abraham has more energy than most people half his age. He proactively sought out aortic valve replacement options (before the internet!), and underwent the Ross Procedure over 24 years ago. His heart surgery inspired him to be stronger and more physically fit than ever before. Now, at age 68, Victor regularly participates in many rigorous physical activities. He has completed 8-hour, 10-mile swims, and spends hours rowing or stand-up paddle boarding.

Kate Losenno

Age: 31

Toronto, Canada*

Kate Losenno always knew she would need aortic valve replacement. She was born with a bileaflet aortic valve, and her heart condition played a major part in her decision to go to medical school and become a cardiologist. Her medical background also gave her more insight into the heart valve replacement options that would be best for her, which led her to choose the Ross Procedure. Since her surgery in June 2014, Kate quickly resumed her hobbies – running, snowboarding, and competing in triathlons.

Peter Wainberg

Age: 59

Montreal, Canada*

Like most people unexpectedly facing aortic valve replacement, Peter Wainberg was not aware of all the options available to him. It was only after diligently doing his own research and consulting multiple cardiologists and cardiac surgeons that he was made aware of the Ross Procedure as an option. After having the Ross Procedure in August 2017, Peter has resumed his athletic activities including ice hockey and tennis, and has become an outspoken advocate for heart health.

Donna Pierce

Age: 47

Baltimore, Maryland

Donna Pierce is living a life she didn’t think would be possible for someone growing up with congenital heart disease. As a child, she had congenital aortic stenosis and always felt that her body and heart weren’t cooperating with her athletic mindset. Donna underwent the Ross Procedure for aortic valve replacement in June 2000 and hasn’t looked back since. She is a CrossFit gym co-owner and uses her experience to help empower her gym members not only physically, but mentally.

*CryoValve® SG Pulmonary Human Heart Valve has not been approved for use as a medical device by Health Canada, and nothing on this website is intended to promote its use in Canada.