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By CaptainCardio on 2/12/2013 9:56 AM
I was born with coarctation of the aorta and patent ductus (PDA) in 1959. I only know the beginning story from my mom, who is a very persistent nurse. She says that she always knew there was something wrong with me but doctors would not listen until I was very sick. Luckily they finally found someone who did help them and then I had surgery.
By CaptainCardio on 12/3/2012 1:21 PM

To give you a little history about me: Until 8th grade I thought I was a totally normal kid, played sports etc. but I needed a physical for an allstar football team I was selected for, and we discovered that I was born with PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) - this is a little valve that closes when you take your first breath as a newborn. My PDA never closed and mixed blue and red blood in my heart.

I also had a Bicuspid Aortic Valve (2 leaflets instead of 3), which started leaking and in turn enlarged my Left Ventricle. This combination was diagnosed and I was sent to CHOP in 1989ish?

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