Alexander C's Story

I was born this way!

"Don't hide yourself in regret Just love yourself and you are set I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way!".... Lady Gaga

After 20 years without being connected to the health care world other than visiting a dermatologist to freeze a couple of moles and to check a twisted ankle, I finally decided to visit a primary doctor.

Once he heard a murmur in my heart, he decided to do an EKG. The first time it came back ABNORMAL so he thought something was wrong he immediately did a second one and it also came back ABNORMAL, that is when he sent me to a cardiologist to find out more about it.

After two more visits to the cardiologist, another EKG and one echocardiogram my Cardiologist realized that I had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve that had a leak and it was causing severe reflux of blood. It needed to be replaced sooner than later or my heart could lose strength or , who knows...

"Are you kidding me?" I asked.

I was the kind of person that takes no pills and I always bragged about my good health. It was a shock to me at the beginning.

Now looking back, I see how that first check up directed me towards the right path. Prevention is so important, because it can save our lives. I know people that are very aware of keeping their health a priority, but I also know others that are afraid to know or they think that everything is alright as I did, so they don't do the standard exams that we need to do to keep ourselves on the right track. There are so many diseases that can be detected in early stages before they get too advanced.

Science has put in our hands the advance of medicine to prevent health problems that can be irreversible in the future.

The lesson is don't take too long to do your routine check up, or it can be too late. My biggest lesson with this life changing experience is to be more grateful of the gift of life.

#congenitalheartdefect #bicuspidaorticvalve

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