Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Dr. Albert Starr was the first Cardiac surgeon to successfully implant an artificial valve in a human being. Lowell Edwards a pioneer in Cardiac several years older came to Dr Starr to discuss an artificial heart, Dr. Starr suggested a valve first . Together they implanted their design in several canines , who lived and were thriving . They decided it was time for a human implant. The female patient was dying in an oxygen tent, she survived until an air embolism from her lungs went to the brain causing a fatal stroke. This did not happen with the canines as their hearts were smaller and did not hold air
September 21 1960 was the date of the first successful implant . 2011 marked the 50th year anniversary. Dr Starr still works in Portland, Oregon .
In 1963 he was invited to a cardiac thoracic meeting where multiple valve implants were shown on the 16 millimeter film. A single implant was shown , then a double , then a triple which Dr, Starr received a standing ovation. He also was awarded the Lasker Award equal to the Noble Prize.
I have the STARR-EDWARDS Valve implanted over 38 years ago and doing great.
I give them a big THANKS
Cheers & Smiles~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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