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By CaptainCardio on 4/15/2013 9:45 AM

How-to guide for Truncus Arteriosus:

 

1. Be born with one outgoing valve, one ventricle, and a heartbeat that sounds “like a washing machine.” Through surgery, receive a VSD patch, prosthetic pulmonary valve and conduit.

2. Fail to understand the importance of this until Elementary School, when the mile run becomes mandatory for everyone except you. Glare at kids who call you “lucky”, but enjoy standing at the finish line with a stopwatch.

3. Be told by your cardiologist, every year from 9-17, that you will need surgery to replace the valve/conduit “probably next year.”

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