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Brian B.

Patient’s sense of adventure continues after robotic-assisted mitral valve repair

At age 43, Brain B., of Pepperell, Mass., who has a great sense of adventure with four wheeling and racing motorcycles, was diagnosed with a heart murmur by his primary care doctor. The news came as no surprise as “bad” hearts run in his family. Over time, his murmur worsened and he was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation, which prompted his cardiologist to refer him to see a cardiac surgeon.

After meeting with Dr. Arvind Agnihotri at the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery, it was determined that Brian would have a robotic-assisted mitral valve repair. The father of four, and owner of a truck mechanic shop, went in for his procedure on Sept. 18, 2013.

“Before I had the operation I honestly didn’t feel too bad but my heart was enlarging,” says Brian. “Well, the next day after the procedure, I could feel a big difference. I felt like I had more oxygen going to my brain and a lot more energy.”

Brain’s recovery went very smooth and he didn’t even ask for any pain medications during his hospital stay. According to Brian, “I was in hospital for four days and realistically I felt I could have left after two days. I was climbing stairs without a problem and the nurses were amazed. I am determined and I do push myself, with everything, in my life.”

And, once Agnihotri gave him the “green light” to resume normal activities, what do you think he did first? He hit the road on his motorcycle and took to the trails on his ATV.

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