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6.5 Years On...

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 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…


Added by Tim Manning on December 22, 2017 at 11:58 — 2 Comments

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…


Added by Tim Manning 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…


Added by Tim Manning 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…


Added by Tim Manning 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…


Added by Tim Manning on August 15, 2011 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

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…


Added by Tim Manning on July 6, 2011 at 18:40 — No Comments

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…


Added by Tim Manning on June 25, 2011 at 15:19 — 2 Comments

Three month update

I thought it might be good to write an update on how things are three months after having my ascending aorta and arch replaced with with Dacron.

  • Had my first check-up with a cardiologist a month ago. He was impressed, but revealed that the angle of the valve where it meets the repair means I have some aortic regurgitation. He's treating it with medication for now, but warned it will need to be watched; but he also pointed out that it was emergency unplanned surgery, and that I'm…

Added by Tim Manning on May 20, 2011 at 11:00 — 6 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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