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

Today, I had my first annual check-up (at Southampton General) although it's actually been 15 months since my AD.

CT scan OK, ECG OK, weight OK, blood sugar OK, cholesterol OK. Blood pressure is still a cause for concern since it rises during the day. It's nice and low shortly after taking my meds in the morning but by the end of the day it's much higher. The German doctor (consultant's registrar) suggested alternative medication, something new which has shown good results in trials. He will contact my GP.


I had travelled to the hospital on my BMW motorbike and, noticing my motorcycling clothing, he questioned me on my mode of transport. Turns out he is a big BMW motorbike fan so we had an interesting discussion about bikes. He told me it was good to meet a 'real man' who rode a 'proper' motorbike.


Later today, I went down to Dorset to view a BMW R1200RT that was for sale. I ended up buying it :)

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Comment by Gregory Smith on November 14, 2011 at 16:26

Saw my GP a few days ago. Following the cardiologists recommendation, he has taken me off Ramipril and put me on Losartan. We'll see how that goes over the next month. Also, he has now put me on statins, since my blood cholesterol has increased.

Comment by Gregory Smith on October 26, 2011 at 14:15
Blood pressure is settling down now, varies between 130 and 135. Still too high but seems to be working much better than the old regime at maintaining a stable BP. Guess the GP will increase the dosage at the end of the month.
Comment by Gregory Smith on October 18, 2011 at 16:00
Harry, I have been taken off bisoprolol and put on Nobivolol. According to info it should suit me better but so far it has caused my BP to be very erratic, varying from 110 to 159 during the day. However, its been only a week or so and the leaflet says it may take up to 30 days before it becomes most effective. This last couple of days it seems to be settling down a bit.
Comment by Harry on September 29, 2011 at 13:25

HI Greg,

glad to hear your on the mend. Please let me know the name of the drug they put you on as i am reviewing my own meds with the Cardiologist and welcome any suggestions - if it works of course.





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