Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Hi.I've just joined this group so am finding my way around the site. By way of introduction I thought i'd share a bit about myself. Hope that's OK .I'm 62 and (was) in good shape until recently .I had an uncomfortable feeling in my chest one day whilst driving to an appointment. I put it down to a panic attack-in lieu of anything else to attribute it to! When my relaxation didn't work I scuttled off to my GP who thought it was due to over doing things at the gym. "Go home.Go to bed for a couple of hours. If you don't feel any better, go to A&E." I went to A&E who did a range of tests .All bar one came back as fine. The aberrant one mattered, apparently. So back next day for more tests. We were quite nonchalant. I was in good health. What could they find? What was found was an aorta already badly torn which would kill me in the next 12 hours without surgery. I ended up at Papworth hospital at midnight where a surgeon was already waiting for me.
When they took me out of the medically induced coma I was on the ward hooked up to a heart monitor. I was there for about 10 days. This happened this February. My heart has been repaired with a mechanical valve. I am still ayrhthmic with some atrial fibrillation.
I'm furious. Nobody asked if I wanted this problem! I kept the health rules. And still I get hit with this. I don't do calm resignation very well. So, that's my very brief autobiography.
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