This week's episode was about the TAVR procedure or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure. It's far more interesting than it might sound. 

One of the reasons it's so much more interesting than it sounds was because of our guest for this episode.

Dr. Gene Gulliver took some time out of his day to join us and we are thankful.

Dr. Gulliver is a very engaging man that is just a great time to talk with. We found out a lot about Dr. Gulliver before we actually got to the heart part of the conversation.

Born in New York, his family eventually moved to the Midwest. He did his undergrad in Carbondale at Southern Illinois, before getting his master's and a few doctorates's from the University of Illinois in Champaign. (We declined to talk basketball this week, still too much pain.)

We also found out that Dr. Gulliver is the drummer in a band. A band of health professionals from MercyHealth called.... The Mercyniers. I googled it. They're legit. He's pretty good too.

We did eventually get around to talking about the heart.

The TAVR procedure that Dr. Gulliver VERY expertly and VERY accessibly explained to us is a new procedure that is allowing a much faster recovery time from cardiac episodes.

One of the things Dr. Gulliver shared that I thought was amazing was the fact that a lot of patients ask if they are able to go home just 30 minutes after the procedure. TAVR is one of those generation-changing medical advances that will save countless lives.

Dr/ Gulliver, thank you so so much for your time. It was an absolute blast kicking it around on the radio.

A new episode of What's Up, Doc? airs every Thursday morning at 8:35 on 1440 WROK.

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