If there was ever a walking testimonial to the phrase “age is just a number,” it’s Joe Konschnik. The 83-year-old Mountain Top resident chops wood in his back yard, rides a stationary bike regularly and drives a van for eight hours weekdays transporting special needs students for Crestwood, Hazleton Area and Dallas school districts.
“I’ve always been very active,” Konschnik says. “Then back in 2021 I started to get tired more easily. I actually fainted out of the blue a few times. I knew it was time to do something.”
Konschnik’s daughter-in-law, Stacey Konschnik, works for a northeastern Pennsylvania health network and recommended the retiree to be thoroughly examined. Tests indicated a need for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to correct aortic stenosis (where the valve narrows and blood doesn’t flow properly). But the tests showed other problems as well.
The Konschnik family thought it best to seek a second opinion at Lehigh Valley Health Network.