"Bronx Love: After Two Open-Heart Surgeries, They Say, 'I Do'" - Van Tieu
Bronx resident Raymond Ross, 41 suffered a rare aortic dissection last summer and was rushed to emergency surgery. "Without emergency surgery, most people die immediately," said Gabriele Di Luozzo, MD, director of aortic surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. Still, Ross was in an induced medical coma for a month. Then he needed a second heart operation in May to further repair the artery. Ross says in addition to the medical care, what kept him going was the woman who won his heart. Ross was discharged from Mount Sinai St. Luke's on May 28th. Three weeks later he and Ashley Ruiz headed to City Hall with their families to get finally get married. Turns out, he had high blood pressure, but did not know it. Dr. Di Luozzo added, “"Controlling the blood pressure, obviously, we think of medicines, but there’s diet. Diet plays a big part in all of this and exercise."
— Gabriele Di Luozzo, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Beth Israel