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Published on May 21, 2011

John Kearns & Interventional Cardiology

John Kearns
Patient: John Kearns, Silver Spring, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Mitral Valve Surgery

Doctor: Paul Massimiano, MD

As a busy lawyer juggling meetings, clients and court cases, John Kearns of Silver Spring couldn’t fathom taking time off for heart surgery. “My friend had heart surgery and it took him months to recover,” he says. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage that.”

Luckily, Kearns was a candidate for minimally invasive valve surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital—an option that had him home in one day and back to work a few weeks later.

“It all started with a heart murmur,” Kearns says. “I was told in the past it was nothing unusual, nothing to worry about, but now my cardiologist said it was loud. Too loud.”

After a thorough evaluation, including an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization, doctors discovered Kearns had severe mitral valve regurgitation—a condition where the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward into the heart.

“I never would have guessed my heart wasn’t working right,” he says. “I had been experiencing some fatigue and a little weight gain, but at 52, I wrote that off as signs of aging.”

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