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April 2011 Blog Posts (5)

Benjamin J. Carey "Barefoot in November"

Hi All,

My name is Benjamin J. Carey

In April of 2009 I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm, the same condition that killed the actor John Ritter. I was 37 years old and otherwise in perfect health. I was lean, athletic, and in better shape than most people half my age. I never would have thought in a million years that I would soon be laying on an operating table, cut open like a rack of lamb with a…


Added by Benjamin J. Carey on April 29, 2011 at 2:46 — 2 Comments

My brother and his best friend diagnosed my AD not the hospital

I've just joined this forum and this is my story. It started on 30th dec 2010 when I arrived home with my 9 year old son very calm and collected and just sat down on the settee at about 8:00 in the evening, I suddenly got chest pains which accelerated to a high level quickly, just a few seconds. I thought it was some kind of spasm so just held on for a couple of minutes and eventually got up and then sat down on stairs, pain still high so went to my bedroom (approx 5 mins elapsed now)…


Added by Tim Meakin on April 23, 2011 at 21:13 — 11 Comments

Joining a gym

Will I be ok to join a local gym ?

And will I be ok to do all the exercise equipment or should I avoid some ?

I have had no information on what I should do or not do with an AAA.

Thanks for all your help and support.



Added by Mike Marven on April 13, 2011 at 21:21 — 5 Comments


Last Sunday I did not feel very well. After having dinner, I began to have abdominal and lower back pain. It was similar to the original dissection pain. But since I had some pain before, I figured it will go away in a few minutes. I presumed it was related to the dinner. I took a couple of Tylenol and wen to bed. Around 1:30 AM, I woke up with more pain. I took my blood pressure and it was 129/85. It was high because my doctor wants to keep it under 120/70. At that time, I decided to go to…


Added by Maria Trinidad Herrera on April 7, 2011 at 0:21 — 9 Comments

How it all happened to me...

I woke up on March 2nd 2011, got out of bed and felt something tear at the level of my diaphragm, which was followed by a pain which didn't feel quite like a heart attack, but was clearly serious. So I called my partner, who sleeps in another room, and we drove to the nearest Urgencias in the Spanish town where I live. I just about made it through the door.

And then it was luck. I was quickly transferred to one of the two teaching hospitals in Las Palmas, which by chance has a team…


Added by Tim Manning on April 4, 2011 at 16:26 — 4 Comments

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