A ‘Total Surprise’ Led to Heart Surgery at U-M

Lori Eslick knew she had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve, but it never troubled her. Then an ultrasound revealed a potentially life-threatening issue.

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Author | Michigan Medicine

Lori knew she had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve, but it never troubled her. When an ultrasound revealed an aneurysm, she looked to University of Michigan.

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