Chad Peterson Chad Peterson

First post: Mar 4, 2021 Latest post: Mar 30, 2021
In November, 2020, Chad's doctor discovered a heart murmur at a routine physical and referred him to a cardiologist. A few tests later and Chad was scheduled to see a CardioThoracic Surgeon on Feb 8. The surgeon explained that Chad was born with a bicuspid aortic valve that started to leak back into the left ventricle (aortic valve regurgitation). It also caused aneurysmal dilation of the aortic root and ascending aorta. The decision was made to replace the damaged sections of the aorta (root and ascending) and the valve. On March 3, Chad had open heart surgery that included replacement of the ascending aorta, aortic root, and valve. We arrived at Nasseff Heart Center on 5:45am, went into the OR at 7am and came out with flying colors around 2pm.  He was on bypass for about 3 hours including deep hypothermic  circulatory arrest (DHCA )for about an hour so they could work on the aortic arch. He woke up with great neuro signs (significant because of the DHCA which stops blood flow to the brain), was taken off the vent as expected and started the healing process. The nurse was happy to report that he made nice gains throughout the night.  

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