U-M bicuspid aortic valve patient faces challenges head-on

Thelma Thompson proves to be "one tough woman"

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Photograph by Leisa Thompson


Thelma 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. Continue reading

Marfan Syndrome patient gives back by volunteering

Cardiovascular Health Improvement Project is dedicated to the study of cardiovascular disease

Angela-Rosinski-and-daughter-Areyana-IMG_1456Angela Rosinski was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome after experiencing an aortic dissection as well as other aortic complications. Her condition and subsequent treatment at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center led her to a decision to give back to U-M by becoming involved in the Cardiovascular Health Improvement Project. The program recruits volunteers to better understand cardiovascular disease and expand treatment for patients.

Angela shares her story:

I was perfectly healthy my entire life — until four years ago, on December 23, when I began to feel that something was very wrong with me. At first, I suspected indigestion, but the feeling continued. After lying down for a while with no results, I called my mom, who could hear the fear in my voice. Continue reading