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hey all,

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…


Added by Richard Deal on November 30, 2015 at 10:24 — 4 Comments

eventful week

aye aye,

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…


Added by Richard Deal on March 8, 2011 at 21:40 — 6 Comments

Look what I found...

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…


Added by Richard Deal on January 16, 2011 at 22:11 — 4 Comments

30.05.2010 - readings

BP: 124/71
INR: 2,5
Weight: 95,2 kgs

thankfully the systolic looks like it might be dropping... started intake of fruit daily from 26th. back to x-training 4 x 45 mins.

Added by Richard Deal on May 30, 2010 at 0:30 — 2 Comments

23.05.2010 - readings

BP: 135/72
INR: 2,4
Weight: ? (age...)

Added by Richard Deal on May 23, 2010 at 0:30 — No Comments

19.05.2010 - readings

BP: 132/75
INR: 2,2
Weight: 95,4kgs

Added by Richard Deal on May 16, 2010 at 19:00 — 1 Comment


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…


Added by Richard Deal on May 11, 2010 at 10:55 — 2 Comments


BP: 140/82
INR: 2.7
Weight: 94.7kgs

BP before pills.

Added by Richard Deal on May 9, 2010 at 10:43 — No Comments

02.05.2010 - Readings

INR: 2,6
BP: 135/92
Weight: 94,8kgs

Added by Richard Deal on May 3, 2010 at 16:30 — 2 Comments


INR: 2,5
BP: 124/78
Weight: 95,7kgs

Added by Richard Deal on April 25, 2010 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

18.04.2010 - readings

INR: 3.2
BP: 130/72
Weight: 101.1 kgs

bloody hell... when i left rehab i was 80kgs...
sales meeting last week, put the spike in INR down to 2 or 3 beers a night for the past 4 days. aim to be under 100 kgs next sunday. see how it pans out ;)

Added by Richard Deal on April 18, 2010 at 19:46 — 1 Comment

Cardiologist Appt. 12.04.2010

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

Tricky Dicky

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...

Have fun,


Added by Richard Deal on April 12, 2010 at 12:24 — No Comments

INR - 11.04.10

I was dreading this one, but since getting my coat back after Friday (and hence the new test strips for the CoaguChek) I measured today at 3.0. Took a good few minutes to get the bleeding to stop. I also think I hit a bit of scar tissue from a previous reading because it hurt like buggery! Ho hum... Will measure again on Tuesday to make sure...

Added by Richard Deal on April 11, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

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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