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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