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By CaptainCardio on 2/6/2013 4:15 PM
I was born in 1971 with Pulmonary Atresia, a small ASD, and a small right ventricle. I had my first open heart surgery the day after I was born. During that surgery they made a hole between the right ventricle and the pulmonary arteries. My second surgery was just before I turned 4. They enlarged the original hole and put a stitch in my ASD to close that up.
By CaptainCardio on 1/28/2013 11:55 AM
I am a 35 year old single adult woman with CHD. On my second day of life a nurse heard a murmur and my story began. By 3 weeks old I was in congestive heart failure. I can't even imagine what that was like for my parents. I have Shone's syndrome plus other anomalies. I have a coarctation of the aorta, subvalvar aortic stenosis, parachute mitral valve, left superior vena cava, and all types of arrhythmias.
By CaptainCardio on 1/15/2013 4:24 PM

I was born in South Dakota in 1961 with tetralogy of Fallot. My first heart procedure, a BT Shunt, was at a ripe age of 18 months at the Variety Club Heart Hospital in Minneapolis. After that surgery by Dr. Varco, I got along as best I could until 1969 when we returned to Minneapolis to have the ToF repaired.

I remember as a young boy trying to be involved in baseball with my friends and squatting in the outfield because I had figured out that seemed to help with shortness of breath. The ToF repair went very well and in short order I was running, and playing much like a "normal" kid. I would see a cardiologist occasionally while I was growing up, but for the most part I had no heart related concerns.

Jim

By CaptainCardio on 1/14/2013 4:46 PM
I was born in 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona with tetralogy of Fallot. Had a Blalock/Taussig shunt in 1953 at the University of California Hospital, Oakland. Grew up in Virginia Beach and Norfolk and was quite cyanotic in my grade school years. Had difficulty playing active games with kids and was very winded climbing stairs. I would walk a block, sit down for five minutes then walk another block.
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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