Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an 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…Continue
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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…Continue
Posted on December 12, 2015 at 15:00 — 1 Comment
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…Continue
Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments
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
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…Continue
Posted on August 15, 2011 at 22:30 — 2 Comments