Aortic valve patient faces challenges head on
Thelma Thompson proves to be “one tough woman” after undergoing surgeries for a bicuspid aortic valve and an aneurysm.
Thompson was never one to shy away from exercise. At 67, she was accustomed to playing 36 holes of golf in a single day. When she noticed she was tiring more easily, Thelma chalked it up to “age.” But she realized her diagnosis was much more serious than she suspected when she suffered a heart attack in 2013. Thelma was shocked to discover her coronary artery was 95 percent blocked. At the same time, she was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve and an aneurysm of her thoracic ascending aorta.
Thelma underwent surgery for her blocked artery at her local hospital, and was then referred to the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center in January 2015 for treatment of her bicuspid valve and aortic aneurysm.
Read more of her story in the “Faces of Cardiovascular” series on the CVC Heartbeat blog: umhealth.me/20yRynY