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Private healthcare costs after aortic dissection
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I'm an EU citizen from the UK, who has taken early retirement on a pension from my employer, and who now lives in Spain. Due to a kink in EU/UK law, as someone who isn't actually working, I'm not…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Harry Nov 26, 2011.

Beta-blockers, blood pressure and the need for further surgery
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11 months on, and it's good news

Today, now that I have Spanish state healthcare cover, I finally managed to have a check-up with a member of the cardiovascular surgery team in the hospital where they saved my life last March; I had a Type A dissection, with emergency surgery, during which my aorta was replaced with a dacron prosthesis from the root as far as the iliac junction, along with arch.My consultation lasted less than 10 minutes, though he looked closely at my latest X-ray, blood test results and ECG from this week,…See More
Feb 2, 2012
Tim Manning posted a discussion

Private healthcare costs after aortic dissection

I'm an EU citizen from the UK, who has taken early retirement on a pension from my employer, and who now lives in Spain. Due to a kink in EU/UK law, as someone who isn't actually working, I'm not entitled to state healthcare cover in Spain, although I will have everything free here the day I get my first UK state pension payment at 66. It's a while to wait, as I'm 57.The way most British expats in my situation handle this is to buy private insurance, as in Spain it tends to be relatively cheap…See More
Nov 22, 2011
Tim Manning posted a blog post

Five month update

I'm sure other long-term members will have noted this, but it's worth pointing out - if you've only recently had your surgery - healing takes a while. And I'm still experiencing it, albeit in more subtle ways than before.When I first came home after having the ascending aorta and arch replaced with Dacron, I felt very disconnected from my chest and my lungs (although painfully connected when I moved). It's taken a long while for my breathing to feel like mine again, and my lung capacity still…See More
Aug 15, 2011
A blog post by Tim Manning was featured

Four month update - the cardiologist's verdict

I get really nervous before seeing doctors, so haven't really been looking forward to my latest appointment with the cardiologist. But the news is good.My blood test results are fine, and I don't have to have one done for my next check-up - the anemia has gone, and my cholesterol is fine. My ECG is "perfect" and my blood pressure is "estupendo", which is Spanish for "fantastic". However, as the ultrasound showed, there's still the problem of moderate regurgitation from the…See More
Jul 7, 2011
Tim Manning posted a blog post

Four month update - the cardiologist's verdict

I get really nervous before seeing doctors, so haven't really been looking forward to my latest appointment with the cardiologist. But the news is good.My blood test results are fine, and I don't have to have one done for my next check-up - the anemia has gone, and my cholesterol is fine. My ECG is "perfect" and my blood pressure is "estupendo", which is Spanish for "fantastic". However, as the ultrasound showed, there's still the problem of moderate regurgitation from the…See More
Jul 6, 2011
Tim Manning posted a blog post

The pleasure of a sneeze...

Happily, it's hard to recall exactly how much it's improved, but at almost four months since my surgery, the pain and discomfort as a result of having a chainsaw or angle grinder (or whatever) taken to my chest seems largely to have eased. The sensation of having a prickly barbed wire fence down the middle has finally gone, as has most of the associated muscular pain, which always panicked me into thinking I had angina, until I thought about it a bit more rationally, although there are still…See More
Jun 25, 2011
Tim Manning commented on Gary Davis's blog post Sunday 26th September 2010, a lot changed that day.
"Gary, I'd like to echo Kimberlee's comment - your post is a great read.  I'm just over three and a half months post-op, and recognise much of what you say in terms of the emotional impact and the worries about mortality. But all…"
Jun 22, 2011
Tim Manning commented on Kev A's blog post Google maybe good but it didn’t diagnose my aortic dissection ... another AD story
"My goodness, you did have a time of it. I can well remember being completely out of my head in the ICU and for a couple of days after, and how much I hated a similar breathing mask and not being able to drink. Hope your recovery at home is going…"
Jun 9, 2011
A discussion started by Tim Manning was featured

Beta-blockers, blood pressure and the need for further surgery

You may find this article in Internal Medicine News of interest. The section which really caught my attention was this one....The rates of freedom from reoperation among patients on beta-blocker therapy at 10 and 15 years were 86% and 83%, respectively, compared with 57% and 37% in patients who were not on…See More
May 31, 2011
Kimberlee Jones commented on Tim Manning's blog post Three month update
"My surgery was about 5yrs ago...well almost 6 and your post brought back a lot of memories.  Hang in there Tim...things will improve, slowly for some, faster for others but they will improve. I also understand the feeling you get when you…"
May 31, 2011
Tim Manning commented on Tim Manning's blog post Three month update
"Greg, I don't think there is a rehabilitation programme I could join here (although my life is complicated by the fact that I'm excluded from the NHS in Spain as someone who is early-retired - at 56 - but not receiving a UK state pension),…"
May 31, 2011
Graeme replied to Tim Manning's discussion Beta-blockers, blood pressure and the need for further surgery
"Hmmm... That's good news Tim. Appears my docs were right in insisting i stayed on bets blockers since operation 8 years ago! Good pickup and good article!   cheers   Graeme"
May 27, 2011
Tim Manning posted a discussion

Beta-blockers, blood pressure and the need for further surgery

You may find this article in Internal Medicine News of interest. The section which really caught my attention was this one....The rates of freedom from reoperation among patients on beta-blocker therapy at 10 and 15 years were 86% and 83%, respectively, compared with 57% and 37% in patients who were not on…See More
May 26, 2011
Tim Manning replied to Cheryl Kerber's discussion I'm trying to accept.
"Cheryl, You'll be in my thoughts.  The waiting is one of the worst parts. Hopefully some of the drugs/procedures will have improved since last time (even when off my head after my surgery this year, they seemed to be managing it well), and…"
May 26, 2011
Gregory Smith commented on Tim Manning's blog post Three month update
"Tim, My own Ascending Aortic Dissection and repair was almost a year ago, and I have been posting updates at irregular intervals on here - see my blog. One thing I will say is that I never expected recovery to take so long but at least progress is…"
May 22, 2011
Tim Manning commented on Tim Manning's blog post Three month update
"Cher, Thanks for your thoughtful and helpful comments! And - it goes without saying - all the very best for your planned surgery.  I can relate to how you must be feeling about going through things again. I know we're all different, in…"
May 21, 2011

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4.5 years on...

It's been a long time since I last posted, and happily, the news is good.

When I first came out of hospital after unexpected emergency surgery, I found it impossible in the first months to imagine that I would ever feel really well again. But I do, really well. Four and a half years on from that surgery, I've just had another round of check-ups for everything, not just the aortic dissection and happily, I'm told that - taking into account the fact that I'm chronically…

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Posted on December 12, 2015 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

2.5 years and the news is still good

Since my last update, I've moved from Spain to Germany, and so, with a new health service and new doctors, I've been subjected to a a full health check. 

The news is good (BP is averaging around 100/60 btw), and summed up in two words by the cardiologist I saw who said "you're healthy". My potential heart valve problem is still just that, and I've been told the chances are it will never need surgery. And I've been told it's ok to live life normally (no more excuses about lifting…

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Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

11 months on, and it's good news

Today, now that I have Spanish state healthcare cover, I finally managed to have a check-up with a member of the cardiovascular surgery team in the hospital where they saved my life last March; I had a Type A dissection, with emergency surgery, during which my aorta was replaced with a dacron prosthesis from the root as far as the iliac junction, along with arch.

My consultation lasted less than 10 minutes, though he looked closely at my latest X-ray, blood test results and ECG from…

Continue

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 20:37 — 3 Comments

Five month update

I'm sure other long-term members will have noted this, but it's worth pointing out - if you've only recently had your surgery - healing takes a while. And I'm still experiencing it, albeit in more subtle ways than before.

When I first came home after having the ascending aorta and arch replaced with Dacron, I felt very disconnected from my chest and my lungs (although painfully connected when I moved). It's taken a long while for my breathing to feel like mine again, and my lung…

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Posted on August 15, 2011 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

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At 14:03 on April 4, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…

Welcome Tim.

Don't be shy about joining any ongoing conversation or even starting a conversation of your own. We look forward to getting to know you.

 

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Kimberlee

 
 
 

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