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gradschoolabuse364 karma

hahaha, no one. Just the life of the child of an anthropologist.

gradschoolabuse175 karma

Thank you, I think it's hard to say. I would say discovering a serious heart disease in 2015 really changed my perspective on life. I measure my life pre-2015 and post-2015. I think back to my very naïve uni days, and how I took that time for granted. The notion I was carrying around a dangerous aneurysm has very much impacted many aspects of my life, I gradually stopped exercising, even biking that I could do very well in 2014/15. I slowly started walking 2-4 hours a day to compensate for my inability to lift anything heavy, or run/swim. This summer, I swam a single lap slowly, to give you an idea of how severe stenosis can impact your life. I also had several scares in airports where having to run for a flight resulted in the taste of blood in my mouth. The constant fear of my aorta tearing up/dissecting is something I learned to live with.

I think post-surgery, I see how frail the human body is, and think healthy people are extremely lucky and maybe do not know how lucky they are. My sister just ran a half-marathon in Shanghai for Nike. .. . .

gradschoolabuse43 karma

Your son is a very brave person!

gradschoolabuse35 karma

Hello! I'm so sorry to hear. The good news is, if you were to have any connective tissue disorders resulting in a thoracic aortic aneurysm, your doctor would be able to hear it (a murmur sound) with his/her stethoscope.

As for heart attach, that can be caused by many different problems: electrical, rhythm, congenital heart disease, etc. If heart attach runs in the family, I would definitely go to your doctor and mention this. They might be able to prescribe something.

gradschoolabuse30 karma

thank you!