Name: Raun Rasmussen
Age at time of Dissection: 77
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 27 May 2005
Tell Us Your Story: At 8:30 am I was dressed and leaning over the end of the bed to tie my sneakers. I raised up, and stood up, and felt a great pressure across my chest, and then across my shoulder blades and then, across my lower stomach. I wondered whether I was having a stoke or heart attack and felt like laying down again but, remembered an article I had received, explaining the difference between stroke and heart attack. So, I went into the office and started looking through medical files, with no result.
Then, I turned on the computer and started to look at the Mayo Clinic Web site information, when my wife came in. When I explained, she said let’s go to the hospital. As it turned out, a Partner of my Cardiologist was in the Hospital and responded to the E R and asked them to do a CT.
The result is, that they found a Type B dissection running all the way to the groin, with one kidney being serviced by the False Lumen and the left kidney serviced by the True Lumen.
Setting aside the time I spent in hospital, I have, for 5 years now, taken a regimen of drug pressure reducing meds which seem to have kept me in a reasonable shape. I have periodic CT scans, (without contrast, because of its impact on the kidneys).
My recent measurements are 6 cm in the Distal Arch, etc. While I have arranged for a Surgeon, I doubt that I would want to risk having a procedure that had the risk of making me unable to control my fate. I have now survived for 5 years. The Blood Pressure meds are a brutal impact on breathing and energy, but I am enjoying my children and grandchildren.
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