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Advocate Spotlight: Tim Bracey, Louisiana

by Elizabeth W. on Monday, September 17, 2012

Tim Bracey, Louisiana

My name is Tim Bracey and I am a heart disease survivor x 2.  Born with congenital aortic stenosis, I had my first heart surgery at the age of nine in 1965.  Fortunately, I had an excellent surgeon who repaired my valve effectively.  

Due to living and promoting a healthy lifestyle, my original valve lasted 44 more years with only minimal problems.  During that time, I became a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and helped start the Cardiac Rehab program at East Jefferson General Hospital in 1980.  I served as the Supervisor for that program for 10 years, then became the Director of the Cardiology Department for 10 years.  I then fulfilled one of my dreams by helping develop and implement Wellness Centers for East Jeff then West Jeff Hospitals in the metro New Orleans area for the prevention of disease and to assist with Rehabilitation after the diagnosis of heart disease.

On Christmas Eve 2009, I had my second heart surgery to replace my Aortic valve with a mechanical St. Jude valve and had my Aortic Arch replaced with a Dacron Arch.  Had heart research not advanced during those critical years from the 1960's to the present, I simply would not be alive.  Heart and stroke research are vitally important to help save lives.  I know firsthand because it saved my life!

At the age of 56, I feel blessed and very fortunate to be a product of years of research and development of artificial valves and synthetic cardiac arches.  Please help keep others alive by fully supporting research.  We all deserve our best shot at the one life we have to live!