Ken’s Story

“It was nothing less than a miracle.”

ken_testimonialThat’s how Ken Tankersley, PhD, describes the care he received at the UC Cardiovascular Institute. Ken is an anthropologist at the University of Cincinnati who is nationally known for his research on climate change. When he began to experience a flare-up of his atrial fibrillation, his active life and work began to suffer. That’s when he sought help from our Interventional Cardiology Program.

To his surprise, advanced imaging techniques revealed a congenital heart defect that was forcing his heart to work harder than normal. A team of cardiac, surgical, radiological and neurological experts worked together on a one-of-a-kind procedure to help Ken, using a catheter to fix his heart defect via a procedure known as coil embolization.

It was a landmark procedure; cases like this typically require surgery. Instead, our interdisciplinary team was able to successfully fix the problem using catheters and devices in the catheterization lab. It took just five hours. And after a remarkably fast recovery, Ken was able to go back to work just one week later.

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