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Working after an Aortic Dissection - Or going back to work!

Hi everyone!

Am getting this quick post up as I have noticed that "going back to work after an aortic dissection" has figured fairly prominently in a few searches on the Google analytics statistics for the site and it is of course - a VERY big deal. OK. Going back to work. I have so many mixed feelings and memories here. Frankly, in my case it took 3 months just to get my head around what had happened along with the physical… Continue

Added by Graeme on December 11, 2009 at 10:00 — 13 Comments

Recovering from Aortic Dissection Surgery - Breathing Exercises

Just a quick blog (note) as I only just thought of this this morning and wanted to share it with new entrants to the "AD zipper club"! As part of the pain management that your body automatically puts in place during the first few months after the operation to handle the pain of the chest healing - it REALLY hurts to laugh, cough, (sneezing is out of the question!) and even breathe deeply. I found that one of the defence mechanisms against this pain that I had carried over some months after the… Continue

Added by Graeme on October 28, 2009 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Didn't see this coming

Approximately three weeks ago today I was having dinner with my wife when I felt this horrible feeling of indigestion. It quickly subsided and I then felt flush and feverish. We went home and I had a temperature of 101. I went to bed and checked my temp in the morning. My fever subsided, but I still had a shortness of breath and slight chest pain. I continue my life as normal thinking I had a slight case of the flu or a chest cold. I took some Mucinex and Ibuprofen, but the symtoms didn't… Continue

Added by Peter Benedict on October 24, 2009 at 1:43 — 4 Comments

Hi there everyone!!! Survivors!

I am a survivor of 10yrs in April this yr...I live on my own surrounded by people that dont understand that you nearly wasnt there not so long ago. You are left to build yourself up without the support of the NHS, but saying that I have become stronger as result. Its scarry sometimes when your body complains n you know where that pain is coming from.

I had an acute dissection in April 99. They of course wrongly diagnosed me as having a chest infection n gave me antibiotics. Next day no… Continue

Added by Helen Margaret Smith on October 23, 2009 at 10:59 — 3 Comments

My wife's tragic death

I am about to describe a series of events which result in a tragic misdiagnosis of my wife’s condition, resulting in her death.

On the evening of Tuesday February 13th 2007 my wife collapsed on the stairs with a severe pain in one of her legs. At the time she was talking to her friend on the telephone whilst sitting on the stairs.

I heard her moans from the kitchen and found her in extreme agony, deathly white and sweating profusely.

I helped her to the living… Continue

Added by Martin Skelton on October 23, 2009 at 9:53 — 6 Comments

My story


My experience began on August 16, 2009. Although I have been feeling "the elephant seating on the chest syndrome" on and off for the last five years, different tests were done and the diagnosis have been: Acid Reflex or Stress. Additionally, the doctors, hospital personnel, and even family members were raising their eye brows. Needless to say I was skeptical to even talk about it.

August 16, 6 AM, it was time to go running since I have been… Continue

Added by Maria Trinidad Herrera on October 22, 2009 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Living with a mechanical heart valve.. Whoosh Whoosh, Thump Thump, Tick Tick!

OK. Life was not meant to be easy - so they say! The first thing I noticed with my new heart valve (My aortic valve was also shredded during my aortic dissection and had to be replaced

(see my earlier blog) after things calmed down and I went home from hospital was the 'whooshing' and 'thump thump thump'/'click click click' noises coming from inside me..

As time… Continue

Added by Graeme on October 21, 2009 at 11:30 — No Comments

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Source: The British Heart Foundation: Jan08

The following are two excerpts from the British Heart Foundation Factfile on AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneursyms). Sobering reading especially in that both abdominal aortic aneurysms and ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms continues to grow ever year.


The “normal” diameter of the abdominal aorta is approximately 2cm, a dimension that increases with age. An abdominal aneurysm is defined by an… Continue

Added by Graeme on October 21, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

My Story..22 April 2003 - No - it was NOT just bad indigestion...!!

I'm an Aortic Dissection survivor! We had moved to the UK from Australia in January 2002 after selling our online travel business in Australia in late 2001 after the effects of the Ansett Airlines failure and the devastating effects of 9/11 on the global travel industy. With the love of my life, my lovely British wife Nikki we had obtained new venture financing in mid 2002 and were deep in building our new online venture throughout late 2002 and 2003.…


Added by Graeme on August 24, 2009 at 18:30 — 11 Comments

Media beat-up: Comparison between proposed new US medical system & NHS: Week ending August 15 2009

I CANNOT let the current "media frenzy " over the stupid, boorish, ill informed remark from Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, a recognised critic of the NHS go by unchallenged.

I refer to his interview this week on American television regarding the difference between the NHS and the newly planned (and extremely controversial) American health system in which he (Hannan) said that he… Continue

Added by Graeme on August 15, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

"Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero" ( "Seize the day and place no trust in tomorrow!")

I'm an Aortic Dissection survivor! The creation of this Network and Forum is something that has been high on my own personal "Bucket List" after suffering an "Type A acute aortic dissection" in 2003, and surviving a 10 hour operation to replace my ascending and…


Added by Graeme on August 11, 2009 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Therapeutic ranges

This is from my consultant at rehab:

BP not to exceed 140/90

INR to remain between 2.5 and 3.0

Pulse not to exceed 120 until six months has passed.

No flying, no bathing (submerging body underwater), swimming or lifting more than 5kgs for the next 6 months

Added by Richard Deal on August 23, 2008 at 12:30 — No Comments

How I gave up smoking...

This is copied (without comments) from the forum section.

Hey there,

My name is Richard and am 32 years old. I live and work in Karlsruhe, Germany, but I am originally British. I would like to share the story of my dissection with you. I apologise for the length... I seem to have an attack of digital diarrhoea...

On the 8th of July 2008 at around about 10 o'clock in the morning I had a type I (ascending and descending) aortic dissection. I had just been up to the 6th…


Added by Richard Deal on July 8, 2008 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

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