Local Medical Story Featured on Discovery Channel
Rochester, N.Y. - A Wayne County woman's medical story will be featured on the "Discovery" channel.
The series premiere of “Diagnosis: Dead or Alive” shares the of how an unlikely pairing of a neurosurgeon and cardiologist collaborated to destroy an arterio-venous malformation (AVM) the size of a golf ball in a Clyde woman’s heart.
Jaime Arliss, a nurse, had repeatedly complained to her doctor about fatigue and being short of breath, but routine tests didn’t indicate serious problem.
Doctors sent her to the URMC Heart and Vascular Center and cardiac surgeon H. Todd Massey, M.D., tried to biopsy the mass, concerned it was cancer. He identified it as an AVM and knew he couldn’t successfully remove it. Massey sent her to Dr. Christopher Cove for review and a non-surgical solution.
After several failed attempts to shut down the mass, the team began discussing a heart transplant. It wasn't until neurosurgeon Dr. Babak Jahromi saw pictures of the AVM that a potential solution was available. Jahromi and Cove discussed a liquid embolization technique normally used for brain tumors to treat the cardiac mass. Arliss agreed to try it.
The episode featuring Jaime Arliss will air on the Discovery Fit and Health Channel at 10 p.m. next Monday.