Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
I am currently (24 January 2011) suffering from Chronic Type A Aortic Dissection.
I have been suffering from breathlessness for some weeks and was eventually persuaded by my wife to visit our GP. He thought my problems could be caused by anaemia and arranged for some blood tests. He also arranged for a chest X-ray. The results showed no abnormalities.
As luck would have I was due to see my stroke consultant (I had a stroke two years ago today!) a couple of days later. He suggested I should have a CT scan and told me to make an appointment. The next day, last Friday, I was surprised to get a call from the hospital to arrange an appointment. They offered me Monday but I said I couldn't as I was due to start a new contract role. I asked if they had anything for today and they were able to offer me an appointment at 1:30! I had my scan and was just about to go home when a nurse whisked me round to the ED. I was starting to get worried now and was eventually told what was the problem. They immediately put me on to tri-nitro glycerine to bring my BP below 100 and before long I was on my way to Bristil Royal Infirmary by blue light ambulance. I am now in the high dependency cardiac unit where I am awaiting some more tests tomorrow (angiogram and echo-cardiogram) and an operation later this week. So far I guess I have been very lucky. Lucky they picked it up before it ruptured, and lucky I have no pain at all, and lucky they can carry out a planned operation. Apart from some breathlessness, I feel perfectly fine apart from the fact that it feels like I'm walking round with a ticking bomb waiting to explode any minute. And of course I have a nice little operation to look forward to! I am still trying to get over the shock. Everything has happened so fast!
Anyone had a similar experience? Any advice or words of wisdom from any survivors would be most welcome. I will try and keep you up to date as I progress towards my op and through recovery.
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