Jerry Falwell opens up about heart procedure in wake of two strokes

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Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 5:05 PM EDT
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Liberty University's President says he is feeling great after undergoing a heart procedure last month.

Jerry Falwell Jr. says it came after he suffered two strokes.

He shared the news Wednesday morning with students at Liberty's College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM).

The doctor who performed that procedure, Dr. James Thomas is a pediatric cardiologist.

Thomas shared a lesson with students.

His topic? A 56 year old man who recently suffered a stroke.

Dr. Thomas revealed the man was none other than Falwell. "It's just a real blessing," he said.

A blessing, Falwell says, because in 2016 he suffered two stroke. "They did every test imaginable," said Falwell. "They could see the hole in my heart, but said it wasn't big enough to cause a stroke."

But, Falwell continued to have other medical issues like migraines and numbness.

So, he sought advice from Dr. Ben Carson during LU's graduation in May. "He said Jerry, I know just the person you need to see," recalled Falwell.

That person was Dr. Thompson, the only doctor in the U.S. performing NobleStitch, a procedure approved last year by the FDA. "It's just a miracle, the technology, the medical technology is just miraculous," said Falwell.

NobleStitch, invented by Anthony Nobles, closes holes in the heart with the use of a catheter instead of open heart surgery.

Falwell had the procedure on September 11.

He's one of the first 120 people in the United States to undergo NobleStitch. "Migraines are gone. Chance of stroke reduced by 80 to 100 percent. It's very exciting for me," said Falwell.

Falwell says he was back in the gym a week later and has been feeling great ever since.