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Joaquin Provencio

A new heart valve got me back in the saddle.
Joaquin Provencio, an admitted horse fanatic, needed a new heart valve, but his New Mexico doctors wouldn't operate because of his age. "I thought my life was over," he says.

Joaquin came to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano​, where he enrolled in a clinical trial for transcatheter aortic valve replacement allowing surgeons to replace aortic valves without open-heart surgery. Afterwards, he was surprised at his quick recovery. "I was in the hospital three days. I couldn't believe it," he says.

Now, he's back in the saddle. "Soon I'll be out roping with my friends again," he says. "I have to thank Baylor for saving my life."

Learn more about Joaquin's story by watching his video.