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Active Heart: Tracy's Story
Active Heart: Tracy's Story
Born with a heart murmur, Tracy Cruickshank began seeing a cardiologist when she was just six months old. Because she was asymptomatic, Tracy lived a very active lifestyle that included cycling, snowboarding and power yoga. At 40 years old, she felt great. Then a routine check-up with her cardiologist revealed an aortic aneurysm—and the need for open heart surgery. Tracy was treated by Scottsdale Healthcare cardiac surgeon Robert Riley, MD for a bicuspid aortic valve with an aneurysm of the ascending aorta. According to Dr. Riley, Tracy was born with the condition, a common one that typically progresses over time to the point where the valve needs to be replaced. Eight weeks after surgery, Tracy began to resume the activities she loves. "Tracy has clearly demonstrated that you can return to normal life after major open heart surgery and valve replacement," said Dr. Riley. To learn more about Scottsdale Healthcare Heart & Vascular Services, visit, email or call 480-323-3663.