Approximately three weeks ago today I was having dinner with my wife when I felt this horrible feeling of indigestion. It quickly subsided and I then felt flush and feverish. We went home and I had a temperature of 101. I went to bed and checked my temp in the morning. My fever subsided, but I still had a shortness of breath and slight chest pain. I continue my life as normal thinking I had a slight case of the flu or a chest cold. I took some Mucinex and Ibuprofen, but the symtoms didn't subside. On Thursday, October 8th I finally went to an urgent care clinic. They used three different blood pressure sleeves because my readings were coming back at numbers like 90 over 40 and 100 over 25. They took a chest x-ray and found that my heart was enlarged. The doctor then found a heart murmur and sent me to the emergency room. Luckily for me the nearest hospital was St Luke's in Milwaukee, WI, widely regarded as the top cardiac hospital in the Midwest section of the United States. I got to the ER and underwent a series of tests. When they performed the Echocardiogram, they found the ascending aortic dissection. They could see the blood coming out of the aorta and entering the pericardium, which explained the enlarged heart on the x-ray. The first two layers of my aorta about three inches above the valve were completely dissolved, and the final layer was ready to go. The following morning I went in for the procedure. I now have an artificial valve/aorta. So now I'm in recovery mode. Getting used to the clicking of the artificial valve has been a challenge. I'm starting cardiac rehab on Monday. I will continue to update my progress.