Randy Huston kept an eye on his health and received regular check-ups with
his physician, but for years his heart murmur was something he did not
think about very much. He had learned about it when he was 24, but it
was not until 2018 that he started to notice some worrying symptoms, including
feeling short of breath when walking up any kind of incline. Randy knew
it was time to talk to his cardiologist about treatment options.
After their conversation and additional analysis of Randy’s condition,
the cardiologist determined that Randy was a good candidate for TAVR.
This eliminates the need for a large chest incision — and the patient
does not need to be placed on a heart-lung machine during the procedure.
Randy had heard about Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD’s expertise in performing
TAVR. Dr. Durairaj, who is Huntington Hospital’s medical director
of cardiovascular services, co-led the team that performed the very first
TAVR procedure in the San Gabriel Valley and he has gone on to help many
more patients using this surgical technique.
Shortly after the procedure at Huntington Hospital, Randy returned home.
There have been no complications. In fact, he reports, he was happily
playing golf just five days after surgery. “I’m very pleased
with the care I received,” he says. In addition to underscoring
Dr. Durairaj’s skill, he praises the attentive support of Sue Duquette,
the physician assistant for our TAVR program. “She helped spearhead
the process for me with great efficiency,” he says, adding, “The
entire staff there was courteous, thorough and very professional.”
“This was the first time I ever had surgery,” Randy says, “and
I’ll tell anyone who asks what excellent care I got. I’d like
to give a big, capitalized THANK YOU to everyone at the hospital. I know
I made the right choice by going there.”