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Date:5/5/2009

tell" of sorts - from his surgeons, Addonizio and Garrido. "They showed me the porcine [pig valve and the connection tubing," said Rostich. By choosing a tissue valve and not a mechanical one, Rostich can live the rest of his life free of blood-thinning medications. The tubing is made from a synthetic material called Dacron and is used to create a connection from the heart to the descending aorta, bypassing the patient's narrowed aortic valve. Hence the name of the procedure, aortic valve bypass.

In the winter of 2009, Rostich underwent an aortic valve bypass operation. "They went through my left side, under the ribs," he said. "They didn't have to crack open the sternum, and they avoided the scar tissue from my previous heart surgery." When it was over, "it was more of a nuisance than anything else," said Rostich. "It just felt like someone bruised me…the only thing I remember taking was a pain killer in the evening.

"I would like to live a little bit longer," Rostich continued. "If I had not done anything about my valve, I wouldn't have that long to live."

"Not only will Mr. Rostich live longer, but his quality of life is going to be much better," Garrido added.

About the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease
The Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease is the first center in the area dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve problems and is part of Abington's Pilla Heart Center. The most current published Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) data stated that V. Paul Addonizio, M.D., the institute's surgical director, performed the most heart valve procedures of any surgeon in the state of Pennsylvania.

About Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington Memorial Hospital is a 570-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,
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