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  • March 6, 2024
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Growing up, Christopher Bryant couldn’t compete in sports or run due to a heart murmur. When he tried to keep up with the other kids, he’d pass out. At 9 years old, Chris underwent heart surgery and doctors discovered he had a bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital heart defect. He learned to take care of himself due to his condition, but his symptoms — like swelling in his lower extremities — only worsened. Eventually, he learned he had severe heart failure.

Chris sought out Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, a Washington University cardiothoracic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and one of the only surgeons in the Midwest who can perform the Ross Procedure, an open-heart surgery during which the patient's diseased aortic valve is removed and replaced with the patient’s own pulmonary valve. The patient’s pulmonary valve is then replaced with a donor pulmonary valve. Now, after his surgery, Chris isn’t just back to normal — he’s able to do much more than he could before the procedure.

Hear Chris tell his story by watching our video. Learn more about valvular heart disease symptoms here.

Patient NameChristopher Bryant
Condition/Treatment TitleRoss Procedure Patient
Service LineHeart & Vascular
Related Link #1 (Text)Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD
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