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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

I just wanted to share my latest update.  This week, 6.5 years on from my surgery and at the age of 63, I had my latest consultation with my cardiologist here in Berlin (and an ultrasound).  The good news is...no change.  Yes, there are minor heart valve problems, but nothing new and no worsening of anything (and as far as I can tell, I'm symptom free).  She doesn't want to see me for another two years.

I asked point-blank about life expectancy; her response was that, assuming everything is soundly repaired, the fact that I have suffered the aortic dissection should - in itself - have no impact on my lifespan.

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Comment by Gregory Smith on January 29, 2018 at 11:48

Hi Tim. It's now 7.5 years since my surgery and I'm now 71. Recently, I blacked out at the cardiac rehab gym and was taken to hospital to be checked out. Because of my medical history they were very concerned with my heart, thinking that it may have suddenly stopped beating for a moment but despite all their tests they could find nothing wrong so after 2 days they sent me home. Since then I've had a very intense pain in my back, so I returned to A&E where an x-ray revealed that I had damaged 2 vertebrae when I collapsed. None of this is going to shorten my life but it's damned annoying!

Comment by Patrick Gethin on December 27, 2017 at 21:44

great news

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