In case you missed it, the Tampa Tribune featured an op-ed piece by Frankie Trull, President of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) on August 23.
“Animal research remains at heart of medical progress” highlights possibly one of the biggest breakthroughs in cardiac care in recent history. Thanks to a few dozen pigs, cardiac patients who once may have been unfit for surgery can now have faulty heart valves replaced noninvasively. The new procedure, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), eliminates the need for open-heart surgery. TAVR uses a tube holding a folded-up valve inserted into the groin. The tube is threaded into the heart and the valve opened up with a balloon.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger even underwent TAVR last year, saying, “I am more energetic, people tell me I look better, and I feel much less tired.” Had he not undergone TAVR, his doctors told him he would be confined to a wheelchair with a 50-50 chance of surviving an additional year. “Those who oppose animal testing, in short, are obstructing medical innovations that promise to add years to the lives of older Americans — precious years that can be productive and satisfying,” noted Ms. Trull.
To read the op-ed and to learn more, please click here.