Christine and Vince Cavaleri aren’t letting their age—or cardiac conditions—slow them down. Vince, 89, suffers from valve disease and congestive heart failure. Christine, 77, is a heart attack survivor. But they follow the advice of Dr. Nicholas Cossa at Virginia Heart and exercise almost every day, adhere to a healthy diet and stay busy pursuing their hobbies. Vince even works part-time. As Christine says, “You’ve got to be fit if you want to stay in the game.”
David Sollenberger loves a good puzzle. But he’s glad his Virginia Heart physicians were able to solve the puzzle of his arrhythmias quickly. Thanks to their swift diagnosis and treatment, David is back to doing what he loves—and has even shared his passion for puzzles with his Virginia Heart caregivers.
Times have changed—and for the better when it comes to aortic valve replacement. Stuart Millen did not have to undergo major open heart surgery the way his parents did decades ago. Instead, he was up and doing laps around the hospital just hours after his minimally invasive procedure.
Curt Boatman feels most at home in the skies. A commercial airline pilot, his career has taken him all over the world experiencing new cultures and adventures. But his career could have been cut short earlier this year when Curt was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Patrick McClure knew he was tired and not feeling well. What he didn’t know was that his heart was functioning at a fraction of its normal capacity. After consulting with his Virginia Heart specialist, Patrick opted for surgery that has changed his life—and left him feeling better than he ever has before.