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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

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 this week, along with a copy of the ultrasound I had done at the end of October, and my detailed spreadsheet of my twice-daily blood pressure check.

"From my point of view," he said "you're fine, and if you're feeling well, that's all I need to know. We'll do another check-up towards the end of the year. But if you're worried about anything, just get your GP to make you an appointment with us"  So it looks as though the potential heart valve problem is just that....potential.

It was all I needed to know too....can't begin to tell you how relieved I am.  Recovery has been a tough and long process, and there are still twinges from my ribcage, but I've got my life back.

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Comment by Richard Deal on February 5, 2012 at 23:40


great news! keep the pecker up, and like graeme says, don't let the condition get the better of you - it really isn't all that bad considering...

take care,


Comment by Graeme on February 3, 2012 at 10:42

Tim, well done you! Now to get on with your life and try and put it behind you.. as much as one can! I had much the same op and results as you but now, nearly 9 years on I dont think about it at all unless i have either stressy or physical day and the thump! thump! of the MHV reminds me of my limitations - but a glass of red wine normally sorts that out!





Comment by Gary Davis on February 2, 2012 at 22:34
Way to go Tim! Great news, always such a relief to be given good results after all you have been through.


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