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Dizziness and fainting
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It's almost 5 years since my AD. I had a lot of dizzy spells to begin with, which gradually dimished and became less frequent. However, lately I 've been getting more of them and a few of them are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dermot Dec 24, 2015.

British Heart Foundation is funding research into rehab following AAA

More people than ever are taking up cardiac rehabilitation, according to the 2013 National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR). However, this doesn’t include those who’ve had a repair following an…Continue

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Started May 30, 2014

Good news for those of us on Amlodipine
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The British Heart Foundation is co-funding a groundbreaking clinical trial of a common blood pressure medicine that could become the first ever treatment for vascular dementia, if the trial is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Graeme Mar 5, 2014.

Reducing cardiovascular health impacts from traffic-related noise and air pollution: intervention strategies

Environmental Health Review, Volume 56, Issue 02, Page 31-38, August 2013. Recent studies suggest that exposure to both traffic-related air pollution (TrAP) and to road traffic noise (RTN) are…Continue

Started Nov 28, 2013

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Six years and counting.

Yes it's 6 years since I suffered an acute aortic dissection. I'm still here and going strong. Recovery has been slow but steady and apart from the occasional dizzy spell, I'm doing fine. I go for long walks every day and ride my motorbike whenever the weather is good enough. In a couple of months I'll be 70! My son asked me what I wanted and I said, "another 10 years". Here's hoping.

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 15:08 — 5 Comments

Five years today!

Yes it's 5 years today since I was operated on for an acute aortic dissection. At the time, my wife was told I wouldn't survive. But look, here I still am, and since that fateful day, I've been skiing, ridden my motorcycle to the Italian Alps and Southern Spain, and been on two narrow-boat holidays. In two weeks time, we'll be off again. So, there's hope for us all. Just stay positive and enjoy life to the full - it's the only one you've got.

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:53 — 4 Comments

4th Anniversary of my AAD

Today I celebrate 4 years of survival after suffering an Acute Aortic Dissection. It was only the quick action of my wife Eve, and the skills of the cardiac surgery team at Southampton General that saved my life.

Next week, we are heading for the South of Spain on my BMW R1200RT motorcycle after crossing by ferry from Poole in Southern England to Gijon in Northern Spain. We'll be back on June 29th.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:24 — 6 Comments

2 years since my AD

On 2nd June, I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my Type A Aortic Dissection. On that day I had arrived in Gargnano, on the Western side of Lake Garda in Italy, having ridden my BMW motorcycle through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, over a period of 3 days, to get there. This was some achievement for me, as only a few weeks before, I found it hard to do more than a few tens of miles without getting very tired. I stayed with several other biker friends at our hotel in Gargnano…


Posted on June 13, 2012 at 13:22 — 2 Comments

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At 20:03 on October 20, 2015, Anne Cotton said…
Thank you for your welcome! I will write my 'story' soon. Do I just post it on my profile?
At 11:19 on May 20, 2015, Terry Burridge said…

Hi Gregory. I take you point- I think! I am grateful to be a survivor .But... I remain angry that I have had anything to survive! A bit like being mugged "At least he only took my wallet. I wasn't raped, murdered or anything worse." Whilst that's true, there was still a mugging with all its impact. Hence my outrage!


At 7:38 on May 20, 2015, Judy Everett said…
Thank you for the welcome Gregory, finding this site and receiving such lovely welcomes has given me a much needed positive lift when I was feeling so low.
Judy xxx
At 11:12 on September 19, 2014, Angela Kirkham said…

Thanks for the welcome Gregory. I was so pleased to have found this forum and to read some of the stories of contributors which I could relate to. My Type A aortic dissection occurred on the 27th June which is exactly 13 weeks ago today. I am progressing but have had a few setbacks along the way. I will hopefully post my full story on the site soon.


At 6:48 on March 6, 2014, Mo Sanderson said…

Hi Gregory, 

Many thanks for your welcome, appeciated! My 'story' will be posted soon.


At 21:03 on January 24, 2014, jarrod poole said…
Hi Gregory. I'm new to all this kind of site but I need something to help me. It's been 21 months since I had a type A dissection up here in lovely yorkshire. And its been a hellish ride ever since. It already feels like I know people on here just because the comments I've read strike a cord with me. so I suppose its the first time I feel like I may be understood. Look forward to speaking to you. Thanks Jarrod.
At 13:46 on November 28, 2013, Frendessa Garris Thompson said…

Happy Thanksgiving Gregory,

Thank you for the welcome into the group. This is the first time for

me to go public with what happened to me. It is so nice to have people

that can understand what you are talking about.















Thanks for the welcome Gregory.





At 21:42 on November 13, 2013, Paul said…


Thanks for the welcome. I'm still getting used to what all the buttons mean and the site etiquette but it's a really helpful thing.



At 9:51 on October 21, 2013, Joop Hofland said…

Hello Gregory,

Thanks for your kind words of welcome! I think I'm the first Dutchie on the forum?

Regards, Joop

At 12:43 on September 20, 2013, Judy Johnson Roth said…

Thanks for your kind welcome, Gregory.  I'll post my story as soon as I can.  SO anxious to be in touch with other survivors!



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