He has a VSD (Ventrical Septal Defect – a hole in other words) and aortic regurgitation.
The VSD acted like a vacuum and sucked, the aorta valve was pulled toward it.
He had surgery 6 years ago to plug the VSD and give the aorta a ‘lift’. The surgery was mostly successful, he still has a small VSD but the aorta has been overstretched (kinda like when you overstretch an elastic band) and will eventually need replacing.
Matt is going into Southampton General Hospital tomorrow for a few days. He will be hooked up to a machine and will run on a treadmill so they can view his heart under exercise. He will also be anaethetised while they put a camera down his throat and one in an artery in his groin so that they can get a good all round view of the heart.
This means that Matt will be admitted tomorrow morning and discharged on Wednesday morning.
As Southampton is so far away; I, naturally, will be going with him.
Hopefully I’ll have signal on my BlackBerry, so I will try to update my blog and twitter as often as I can.
I’m hoping that I will have the opportunity to get loads done on my Ravelympics project!