My friend has erratic blood pressure that fluctuates high to low...
I have a friend, Justin, who is 20 years old. His mother has diabetes and was told she was not supposed to have a child, but she did anyway.
Because of this he had open heart surgery after he was born. Here's a brief description of his surgeries he had and the age at which he had them, and various issues that were fixed:
Only 3 chambers being used with the heart, lower left ventricle not used and not complete.
Aorta connected to wrong chamber.
Tricuspid valve not fully formed and malfunctioning.
Temporary stint put in place to stop 1st arterial collapse on the aorta.
Aorta repositioned on proper chamber.
Angioplasty used to complete lower right ventricle and put back into use
Tricuspid valve repaired as best as possible, however still 30% leakage back into heart.
Left lung only receiving 30% of total blood capacity.
Cardiac catheterization performed to place a 2nd stint in the aorta to increase amount of blood flow to left lung.
Problems with keeping blood pressure under control in respect to outside influences; moves from high to low much like a roller coaster, very erratically.
Some irritation/minor pain around stint area after a lot of activity or when blood pressure goes high.
He also reports having noticeably lower energy than he did 2 years ago. He is without health insurance and has not had an echocardiagram in at least 2 years.
Cold medicines are affecting him when he gets sick, so that regular types lower his blood pressure from drowsiness and non-drowsy has caffeine which drives it up. He is also 98 pounds, though he eats tons of food, so he only takes half of the recommended dosage of cold medicines.
He is also missing a kidney, or it is non-functional.
I'm just wondering how common this condition is, if there is a way it can be further fixed or improved so that his blood pressure does not fluctuate so erratically and perhaps is there a way to somehow increase his energy???
I worry about him on a daily basis and if he'll be okay, particularly since he does not currently have health insurance....how serious is this situation, if left unchecked??
How long might he live, given he was born in 1988 with those medical procedures???
Someone please answer some of these questions if possible, I've had several panic attacks just worrying about him....