Just wondering if anyone else's BLACK (surname) ancestors had the same problem as my husbands Black ancestors. Husbands father died in 1967 of massive heart attack at age 42, grandfather died age 36 in 1936 of heart problems , husbands grandmother died age 27 of flu and congestive heart failure. Now my husband has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Now I'm wondering if his father and grandfather might have had the same condition. It's called Bicuspid aortic valve Here is what I've found out about it. - The normal aortic valve has three flaps, or cusps, that open and close. A bicuspid valve has only two flaps, rather than three. There may be no symptoms in childhood, but by adulthood (often middle age or older) the valve can become stenotic (narrowed), making it harder for blood to pass through it, or regurgitant (allowing blood to leak backward through it). Treatment depends on how well the valve works. People with bicuspid aortic valve, before and after treatment, are at risk for getting an infection within the aorta or the heart valves (endocarditis) . To help prevent this, they'll need to take antibiotics before certain dental and surgical procedures. Would love to hear from any BLACK (surname) family members that might have heart problems.