Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
just an update for you all on my condition as I haven't been on here in a while.
at the beginning of August I had a nosebleed that wouldn't stop. I went to an ENT doctor who packed my nose and was sent home to recover. The nosebleed didn't stop, so I was admitted to my local hospital while they tried to ascertain the cause and stop the bleeding. The cause was my INR which despite being a week in hospital without taking any Marcumar was still reading over 7.0…Continue
at the weekend i was intermittently tachycardic and my resting pulse has been around the 100 mark since then. i went to see my doctor on monday and he took some blood and sent it off for analysis. the results came back today and showed positive for some sort of infection (elevated CRP values - mine was 9.5 mg/l and normally it should be under 5). tomorrow morning i am at the cardiologist in order to rule out a bacterial infection on the heart valve.
i'll keep you all…Continue
so, i was doing a bit (well, actually i have been putting it off for quite a while so it turned out to be quite a lot) of filing and stumbled upon my first ever cat scan pictures 6 months post-op. unfortunately, i either gave my doctor or the consultant i went to see in the uk the CD with the pictures on, but i will take the paper copies to work tomorrow and scan them in (i can only do A4 at home and these are A3). what i find interesting to see are the mechanical valve, dacron conduit and…Continue
Added by Richard Deal on May 23, 2010 at 0:30 — No Comments
Stress test and ultrasound of both stents today at the cardiologist. Stress test revealed that blood pressure is well configured. Level 2 stress test (200 Watts) had to stop after 10 minutes because legs felt like like lead. Both stents look tickadeboo, although the second one is causing a little turbulence in blood flow.
Interval for check ups increased to once a year instead of every 6 months.
Weird fact: the artery that feeds the face is not considered important by doctors…Continue
Added by Richard Deal on May 9, 2010 at 10:43 — No Comments
I had a cardiologist appointment this morning and was given the all clear for the aorta - no changes since the last check up 6 months ago. ECG was also ok, but the one thing that struck me as strange was my blood pressure: 110/80.
I guess it was a leftover from the blowout on Friday ;)
Added by Richard Deal on April 12, 2010 at 12:33 — No Comments
I thought that I had better start using the forums correctly - so I need a blog. Firstly this is for you all to pore over, secondly it is for me to see any changes over the course of time.
Bear with me as I am likely to mess this up! If it turns into an incoherent mess held together by a bad idea I guess I can delete it...
Added by Richard Deal on April 12, 2010 at 12:24 — No Comments
Added by Richard Deal on April 11, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments
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
This is copied (without comments) from the forum section.
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…