Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Cheryl and Kimberlee - thanks for the heads-up. It's good to be pre-warned about these things then you can be better prepared. Hadn't thought about the car issue but I think I should be OK. Fortunately I drive a Land Rover Discovery so I think that fits the bill. My wife's BMW will be a definite no no!
Well, I got through my angiogram with good results. My coronary arteries appear to be in good shape. Shame the same thing can't be said about my aorta. It's massive!
Because it is so enlarged the doctor had quite a job to get the catheter into the entrance of the right coronary artery. He first approached the aorta through the radial and after a couple of different catheters he was able to locate the left artery but in the end he had to go in through the groin to access the right. I hadn't realised it was going to be such a big deal. Anyway, it is reassuring to know that at least those arteries are in good shape.
Tomorrow morning I have my echo cardiogram. Let's see what that reveals!
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