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By CaptainCardio on 4/10/2013 9:38 AM
Hello! My name is Angela. I am 42 and was born with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Vessel as well as a septal defect. I had my first heart surgery at the age of 12. Back then they had no clue about this heart problem. The corrected area, from my understanding, was filling up with skin and they cut the skin out. I was in the hospital for a month.
By CaptainCardio on 1/16/2013 11:15 AM

Hello! I am a 57-year-old female living in Ohio with CC-TGA. I have recently "met" Tina by phone and e-mail, but that was my first experience with meeting someone who had the same defect as me. I was happy to see Craig post his story and like Tina, there are a few of us out there past 40 and 50 (almost 60!) and still thriving!

I was diagnosed when I was 7 days old. I was also a blue baby, but miraculously have not had any surgeries or even a pacemaker. I, too, take a regimen of heart failure drugs and get checked by an Adult Congenital Specialist every 6 months with ECHO, heart monitor and blood work.

By CaptainCardio on 1/11/2013 4:34 PM
In 1965 I was born with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries; Dextrocardia (heart on the right side); associated ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects, subpulmonic stenosis. As a bonus all my vital organs are opposite, but function normally. I’m posting this so Craig knows that there are more of us “oldies” out there with CC-TGV.
By CaptainCardio on 1/9/2013 8:57 AM
I am a 52 year old man with congenitally-corrected transposition of the great vessels. I did not know I had this condition until I was 31 years old. I played both football and baseball in college and had always been very active. My condition was discovered by accident when I underwent a routine EKG. It was determined that I had 3rd degree heart block and a pacemaker was implanted.
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