In 2011, at 93 years old, Georgia Dixon, of Cleveland,suffered from disabling shortness of breath. Her cardiologist, Dr. Michel Farah of the University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, diagnosed her with severe aortic stenosis. Despite her age, she and her doctor decided surgery to replace her aortic valve was the most promising option. For the past nine years Georgia has improved and stayed strong. At her most recent appointment with Dr. Farah at UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands, Dr. Farah’s staff surprised Georgia with a cake for her 102nd birthday.
“She would not be alive today if we hadn’t operated on her aortic valve at age 93,” said Dr. Farah. “It has been a joy to follow Georgia’s health for a decade and to see her walk in and out of my office happy and healthy.”
Georgia will continue care at UH, visiting Dr. Farah twice annually.