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Teerose, March 2,  2021  10:52pm EST


Hello Everyone,

 I am Tee in one day my entire life has changed.  Due to symptoms like palpations, heart skipping beats, dizziness, headaches, I went to see a cardiologist.  I had a CTA 3D of the heart on Friday morning and was called by my cardiologist on Friday evening.  On Monday I was called by a surgeon and advised to come in the next day.  I was advised that I have an anomalous right coronary artery, and I have had this condition since birth.  The surgeon wants me to have a catheterization and the only option I was given is to have open-heart surgery for six or seven hours, which she has done only five of these surgeries and she is the Chief of Cardiology.  Needless to say, I am feeling so many different things at this time.  Does anyone have any knowledge about this diagnosis?  Please share your experience.

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, March 3,  2021  9:01am EST

    Hi Tee,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the Patient Support Network. I am so sorry you are going through this scary time. I hope you can find support and solidarity here with the other members of the Support Network. I can share this resource with you about the different types of Congenital Heart Defects, I hope you can find it helpful.

    Please keep us updated on how you are feeling.

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, March 3,  2021  8:44pm EST

    Hi Tee,

    I am not famliar with the diagnosis but I am familiar with open heart surgery having had it myself for a bypass procedure. It is about six or seven hours. I don't think that is uncommon. I was brought into the ER at about 6:30 AM and became fully conscious at around 4:30 in the afternoon. I had been in and out for about 2 or 3 hours prior or so I was told. Like you my only option was open heart surgery. Angioplasty was a slim possibility but not a healthy choice. After a lengthy discussion about it, I decided that the surgery was my best path to survival and full recovery. Open heart surgery has become very common and while understandably scary, the technology today presents excellent opportunities for successful treatment. My procedure was done almost ten years ago. I feel good and see my cardiologist every six months. I am also able to do all the things I had done prior to surgery.

    I wish you all the best!   


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