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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

It's now 3 months since my aortic dissection. The chest infection cleared up a couple of weeks ago and my sleep patterns are improving - 2-3 hours at a time instead of the one hour I was getting.

I went out on my motorbike today for the first time since the operation. It was terrific! Best medicine ever. 40 mile round trip through fast twisty country lanes. No problems whatsoever.

I was a bit hesitant about doing it at first as I have had the occasional dizzy spell - once when driving the car, but no such problem today.


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Comment by marilyn koerselman on October 20, 2010 at 19:55
My husband could golf if he could stand still over the ball, but too dizzy for that. He could handle a dizzy "spell"now and then but he stays rather dizzy all the time. (when standing) His surgeon called and made an appointment for him to see a dr. at the Mayo Clinic In Mn. He is only 4 months post op..so guess maybe we expect too much..??? Thanks for all the comments.
Comment by Graeme on October 18, 2010 at 19:35
Kimberlee..

wise words..im afraid my once a month steak gets a healthy - or not so healthy smothering of salt..but i don't use it in cooking.. and as for sugar - i have 2 spoons in my tea and coffee...4 cups a day..i can hear the purists now...I have since i was a kid..Doc says its fine !! ..your right..life is sweet- and short..and I for one am not going to live the next 20-30 years in a self induced state of denial ..hoping it will give me ??? .. what happens in our life ..well..happens!

cheers

Graeme
Comment by Kimberlee Jones on October 18, 2010 at 16:45
It's is such a battle. Trying to live healthy, yet at the same time one thing we all have learned is life is short! I try to balance it out. I love my salt....so I allow myself one salty snack a day. Sugar, well got to have it in coffee but I gave up sweet snacks. I want to be healthy but at the same time this is my only life I don't want to not live.
Comment by Gregory Smith on October 18, 2010 at 16:16
Well I certainly don't sit in a chair all day! I go for as long a walk as I can manage - usually 2-3 miles every day. I've also got my GP to refer me to the local sports centre 'healthworks' programme starting next week. My BP is still way too high but the GP is monitoring it on a weekly basis and increasing my meds as necessary. I do drink lots of water during the day but not in the evening as I'll be up all night! I don't take extra salt on my food any more but I do still take sugar. Alcahol tastes like rusty acid so I don't drink any more :( . And, whenever I can, I go out on my motorbike :)
Comment by Richard Deal on October 18, 2010 at 7:27
hey marilyn,
i guess provided you can get rid of the water you drink then it keeps the kidneys running well and should mean that your bp is more stable and is easier to control. if you can't get rid of it then it just raises blood pressure by increasing the volume of blood.
i make sure i have a predominantly low sodium, high potassium diet with little or no meat. it is also advisable to watch out for sugar intake too.
r
Comment by marilyn koerselman on October 15, 2010 at 16:55
I really love coming on here and reading all of your comments...We feel pretty alone with this "THING" My husband refuses to just sit in a chair all day, so I am looking for some answers. The surgeon wants his BP under 12o, but in order to not have the highs so HIGH, it is making the lows so low. I told him he really needs to drink more water. Do any of you think this helps your BP????
Comment by Graeme on October 15, 2010 at 15:13
Kimberlee..

'brain farts'..what a WONDERFUL expression..I'm taking it as mine! Explains it all really .. :-)
Don't worry about the room thing..it's normal even with my MBA degreed wife as well.. and she's still got all her original heart bits.. put it down to - too many things to do/remember in todays frantic world..

cheers

Graeme
Comment by Kimberlee Jones on October 14, 2010 at 20:36
I did not know this! I did know that any heart surgery does effect the brain, more specifically my doctor explained it was why I was having many many moments(call them blond moments(even though I'm not a blond) or call brain farts) I found after my surgery my brain wasn't as sharp as usual(I'm back to counting on my fingers, even though I can still do hard math, it's the basics adding/subtracting that make me pause. I find myself having to make several trips to a room before I figure out why I went in there, etc. Doctor said it was normal after surgery and for most it goes away, but after 5yrs I still have too many moments. Nice to know where the dizzy spells come from too.
Comment by Graeme on October 14, 2010 at 20:19
Greg, spot on. I have been told (by best specialists in the land!) my dizziness and sporadic double vision is due to a miniscule stroke caused by the op. 10 hours on general anesthetic with your heart stopped and your circulation being done by a machine is not really a good look for da hooman brain! Pity I don't follow English football as could be a real one eyed supporter sometimes!

cheers

Graeme
Comment by Gregory Smith on October 14, 2010 at 17:28
It seems a lot of people who have had some kind of dissection or heart attack suffer from dizzy spells. It does not appear to be blood-pressure related, as I have it and my BP is still too high... It's probably some minor brain damage caused by loss of blood to the brain at the time of the attack or during the operation, or possibly a side-effect of heavy anaesthesia.

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