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AD & rupture the cause of death for Alan Thicke

So sad to hear about Alan Thicke  failing victim to an AD and rupture, RIP AlanFrom ET NewsAlan Thicke's official cause of death has been revealed.The Canadian actor died of a "ruptured aorta" and a…Continue

Started Dec 22, 2016

Anyone else diabetic too?
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Hi AllI found out in late August that I an Type 2 diabetic, just another medical issue to deal with! Just wondered if anyone else has diabetes too and how you are coping post AD? Cheers GaryContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JEN WILLIAMS May 28, 2014.

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After my recent review at Southampton General (everything fine with my arch repair) my consultant wants me to change from Rampril to Candesartan, as research has shown that it is better for the aorta…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Davis Nov 27, 2013.

3 years and counting
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Today, 26th September, is the third anniversary of my AD event. How quick that has gone! Last week I had my bi-annual MRI scan at Southampton General and next Tuesday I go to see my Consultant to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kimberlee Jones Oct 2, 2013.

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A very Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to you all, and I wish you and your families a happy and peaceful New Year!

Gary (in windy and wet Sussex UK)

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 23:28 — 1 Comment

Year One and counting!

1 year ago today I had my AD, now I am survivor who has made his first year. Thanks to Graeme and all who frequent this site for their time, support and wisdom in helping all who come here seeking answers. A little glass of the red nectar to night I think, to toast the next 30 years!…


Posted on September 26, 2011 at 15:38 — 3 Comments

A good day

It is now 12 months since my arch replacement, so time to meet with my consultant at Southampton General yesterday for a check up. Having had my MRI scan taken 5 weeks ago I was somewhat nervous as to what it would show, not only of the arch graft itself but also that rest of my aorta was OK. I was so relieved to be told and shown on the scans that everything was really fine! The Dacron graft was looking very good and had now been covered in my own tissue; he suspected that a new, smooth,…


Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

Sunday 26th September 2010, a lot changed that day.

Here is my blog, I hope you make it to the end without being too bored!


A very nice hotel, close to Winchester in Hampshire, is the venue for my weeklong conference, checked in and before dinner the delegates meet for drinks in the bar, all is well with the world! The conference dinner was at 7.30 in the evening and I had been sitting down at the table chatting over the first course for about 10 minutes, when BANG I get a sharp pain in my upper left chest. I leave the table…


Posted on June 21, 2011 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

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At 14:33 on November 14, 2010, Kimberlee Jones said…
Welcome Gary, I'm happy that you found this place. I think I may have gone insane if I didn't find a place like this. These are wonderful people, all who understand what you are going. All who have continuously done their research and asked questions. I think the doctors don't consider what this does to us mentally, here you can find your sanity
At 12:30 on November 14, 2010, Graeme said…
Hi Gary..

And welcome to the Aortic Dissection Group... I think I understand full well what you mean by the low days.. I used to call them my 'black dog' days after Churchills description of his depression and his low days.. anyway this is the place to find help and especially support - we have all been - or are going through the recovery process - so don't be afraid to ask any of us any questions you have - we are all here to help you and one another. Look forward to reading your blog...


Graeme Archer


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