Or at least that’s how long my heart was not pumping when the good doctors were replacing my aortic valve and repairing my aortic aneurysm. Thank you to all involved in creating the cardiopulmonary bypass machine!
I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, and my cardiologist told me for years that “someday” I’d have to have the valve replaced. I just always thought it was going to be when I was older.
At the age of 40, my cardiologist saw something unusual on an echocardiogram that turned out to be an aortic aneurysm of 5.3 cm. He told me at 5.5 cm they would have recommended emergency surgery. I was lucky I had time to pick and choose the right doctor to do my surgery.