Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So What Happened?

We've got a  healthy baby who might one day have high blood pressure.

The tests revealed that Charlie has a narrowing of the aorta as it enters the top of the heart.  If you look at the gray rendering of the heart in the flyer above,  the narrowing is highlighted in green.  This could cause high blood pressure, and if that were to happen, a little surgery would be needed to fix the narrowed aorta.

This happens in about 1 in 1000 kids, mostly male, and is a genetic condition.  Marc, despite his tremendous athleticism and affection for broccoli, has had high blood pressure.  As does my dad, so Charlie appears to get this honestly.  It won't interfere with him playing sports.  And if surgery is needed, the doctor said it is easier than having his tonsils out. (Which might happen down the road as well!)

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