"Hi, Mom and Dad, I just helped make a potentially life-saving diagnosis of someone with a heart problem for the first time. And, uh, that patient is me."
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In Uganda, sore throats -- strep, actually -- are so common that kids don't complain about it and aren't treated for it. This can create problems in their heart valves. And for some children, each round of strep causes more problems to those valves.
In parts 1 and 2, I discussed the original diagnosis of my aortic valve regurgitation (heart murmur); later referral from my internist to a cardiologi...
Several months ago I wrote about my medical journey, starting about seven years ago when my internist discovered a very slight murmur in my aortic val...
And so, we begin our journey together, from slight murmur to severe; from internist to cardiologist; from medication to tests; and from surgery to rehabilitation and recuperation.
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