1 Valve. 34 Years. 1,217 Hospitals. 18,941 Cardiac Surgeons. 2,000,000 Lives.

In March of 2011, the St. Jude Medical Regent mechanical heart valve was implanted in its 2 millionth recipient. A video, to honor and celebrate this historic event, features Dr. Denton Cooley, the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart. It also honors the legacy that St. Jude Medical and surgeons around the world have created since the first valve implant in 1977.