Personal Stories: Howard


I am a survivor of an aortic aneurysm in 1990 due to Marfans. Thanks to my surgeon I have had nearly 15 healthy years thanks to a dacron graft and valve re-suspension (own).

I still am being monitored, and have just found out that dacron can dilate, so my post operative measurement was 4.8, but varies between 4.6 to 4.8.

I am amazed at how I live a completely normal life playing tennis twice a week, yet always at the back of my mind the worry of further dilation or the dreaded rupture.

I recently had a daughter who thank god does not carry the gene. We would love a second child, but are we chancing our luck.

Cheers,   Howard

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