In July 2018, Dennese Kelsay became the Peterson Heart Valve Center’s first participant in a clinical trial testing transcatheter replacement of mitral valves in patients who had previously had the valve replaced surgically.
A retired paramedic and emergency medical services instructor, Dennese is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the trial. “The timing of this was just a miracle, the fact that they had this study starting and I was a fit for it. Everything has been very smooth.” She also appreciates the quick recovery. “I went home 27 hours after the procedure,” she said. “I’m feeling very good. I’ve been taking walks and working out at home on my elliptical.”
Angela Redd is the clinical research coordinator for Dennese’s trial. “It’s really rewarding when you see your patients avoid a huge convalescence and get back to their lives quickly,” she said. Similar groundbreaking work will be made possible by a $1 million gift from Mrs. Patricia Peterson.