This past Friday I had my regular heart check-up with my pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital. It had been 3 and 1/2 years since I had last seen him and I was excited to see how my heart was doing and to tell him how pharmacy school was going (I’m leaning towards doing a cardiology residency after I graduate from UNMC).
I was born with coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve. I had surgery when I was 5 weeks old to repair the coarctation, which is a narrowing of the arch of the aorta - so that’s why I have check-ups every few years. During this check-up, my doctor told me my blood pressure was excellent and my echocardiogram looked great. He also told me that I’ll get to see a new adult congenital heart defect specialist in 2 years since I have outgrown Children’s and I’m an adult!
I am extremely blessed because I’ve been allowed to be as physically active as I would like to be since I haven’t had problems since the surgery. Some day down the road I will have to have my aortic valve replaced if it becomes thickened or leaky, but I am in great shape for the future!