IamA healthy 21 year old with no prior health issues who survived a sudden 8-hour heart attack and 7-hour open heart surgery. AMA!
I was a regular 21 year old until I had a heart attack out of what seemed like nowhere, only to find out i was born with 2 heart defects that had never shown up before. My heart attack and aneurism lasted 8 hours until i was flown into a hospital that could provide an open heart operation to fix the problem. This was two weeks ago today and I am currently in better than health than I have ever been in my life. i was born with what they call a bicuspid aortic valve, explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicuspid_aortic_valve. What caused the heart attack was a dissecting aortic aneurism. I also have a coarctation in my artery, which has gone un-fixed. They are still determining whether or not to put in a stent in two months to fix this problem. I had a second operation last week to put in a drain to drain the fluid collecting around my heart and I will include a photo of the drain. I also will include a photo of my leg, where a vein was removed for my bypass.
The best proof I have is my scars and photos from being in the hospital(I am still very swollen, so don't judge my belly haha): http://i.imgur.com/7tk5qhE.jpg http://i.imgur.com/zkMFIPD.jpg http://i.imgur.com/iL3DCrk.jpg http://i.imgur.com/i3aNfSh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/uj7jg9H.jpg http://i.imgur.com/6iEQSht.jpg not pictured is two incisions in my groin
edit: i am doing my best to reply to all of you but it is hard! hang in there i'm trying to get to you!