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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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Comment by Cheryl Kerber on January 26, 2011 at 1:11

I was also thrilled to know that my heart was healthy enough to withstand the surgery - as I've been told - often our hearts are healthy, it's just the aorta (vascular system) that isn't.  That is why we would pass the "heart attack" tests if you presented at the emergency room.  One of the thoracic surgeons I saw said to always let them know what you have so they don't pass it off.  So you have a plus under your belt going into surgery - yahoo!

I hope you were not aware during all these tests?  I didn't have to go through all of that - just the ultrasound of my heart as they were prepping me for emergency surgery - I wouldn't have wanted to know they were guiding any wire or what not anywhere through me ---- that probably would have sky-rocketed my blood pressure right then and there.

If your family has any questions or wants to touch base before your surgery - we are here to help.  My husband definitely has first hand experience with that end of it.

Also, if you have kids or siblings, check with your doctors to see if they should be checked as it could be hereditary as with some others on this site.

 

Comment by Kimberlee Jones on January 26, 2011 at 0:31
Glad there is some good news. The ECHO will let them see the blood flow of not only the AD but what condition your aortic valve is in. With AD(ascending) often the valve needs repair or to be replaced. Mine was only repaired but many here have had theirs relaced. Luckily Graeme has also created a sister site just for that. Please keep us updated, we are here for you and your family.

Kimberlee

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