Personal Stories: Melissa Wilson Hello Brian,
My name is Melissa Wilson from Saskatoon, Sask. Canada. I’m 33yrs old and am a aortic dissection survivor. Two years ago I was diagnosed with an Extensive Type B aortic dissection, extending from the level of T6-7 extending distally through the remaining portion of the thoracic aorta as well as the entire abdominal aorta, with the dissection terminating in the common iliac arteries.
I see a GP regularly, as well as 6month check ups with a Cardiovascular surgeon. Their approach to my treatment is too aggressively treat my B.P with Metoprolol 25mg 2x daily & keep my B.P regulated @ 110/70 or lower. Recently I went to the ER due to extreme hypotension. Getting another CT resulting in findings of a fusiform ectasia of the thoracic aorta starting where the dissection begins, measuring a maximal diameter of 3cm. Ectasia tapering towards the diaphram & measures 2.4cm at the take-off of the SMA, left renal artery arises from the false lumen, hemangioma in segment 7 of the liver, also a small hypodensity in the liver, yet too small to characterize. There is replacement of the common hepatic artery, which arises from the SMA and follows an aberrant course.
I do believe the dissection occurred 4 1/2 yrs ago while living in Calgary. I was taken to hospital & treat with an anti-inflamatory the pressure was relived & was sent home, with later findings a few years later of the dissection (info as above). I am really confused about all of this & the Dr’s don’t really explain things to me. I have done my research and know the end result, but I have NOT underwent any type of surgeries, things seem to be not getting any better! I guess I would like if possible some type of explanation and options. I feel that if surgery is needed why not soon before it’s too late & fatigue makes it hard to fight. I am finding that the Dr’s here are not too sure what to do if that is fair in saying. They recommend that I rest & rest. I know that this is for info purposes only, but a better understanding & advice on other options would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance, you web site is very informative. In Spirit, Melissa Wilson