Barbara White-67

Name: Barbara White
Age at time of Dissection: 67
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 1 March 2011
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Thought I was a very healthy 67 female. Hiked, rode bicycle, went to fitness center, watched weight and ate good.Had been going to a cardiologist because my blood pressure was high and he kept giving me medicine but nothing was bringing it down.

Had a pain in my left shoulder blade for about 3-4 weeks and thought I pulled a muscle at the fitness center. Drove to Florida by myself for a vacation and by the time I got to Florida I was in a lot of pain. Thought I was imagining that I had one chest pain and pain in my jaw so a couple of days after arriving in Florida, I drove myself to the ER. Never came out for about a month. The doctor said he wasn’t sure he could get it off.

I had a thoracic aneurysm and a double bypass with veins taken from my leg. After surgery, the doctor told my family to go buy a lottery ticket as they were lucky I was alive. Was in the hospital about 2 weeks and in a nursing home after for about a week until my sister came and got me out and took me to her home about 2 hours away. Nursing home was the pit and all horror stories I ever heard about nursing homes was true.

After a couple months of recuperating in Florida, I went home to Massachusetts. I went to both my primary and cardiologist doctors and asked them to see my EKG’s. They gave me my EKG’s going back to 2005 where they all said I had a “left bundle branch blockage” but I was never told about it because they said I didn’t have any symptoms.

It has now been 10 months and I am doing OK. The cold weather in Massachusetts really makes my heart beat fast and takes my breath away when I go out in it.

The open heart surgery and recovery was the worst thing I ever went through in my life. But I have to look at it as a miracle as I can’t imagine another human being being able to perform something like this.

Barbara White

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    This started Wednesday, May 17, 2012, 12:30 pm to a very good friend same age, 67. Went to work, felt great. At lunch, he experienced a severe pain in his ear which led down his neck. He took an aspirin. Felt light headed, went to the nurse…blood pressure was 70 over 40. Sent him to a local ER where he was eventually diagnosed with a disected aorta. Surgeon called in said… the procedure is 90% successful. Wife and friend agreed to surgery. After 13 hours in surgery, my friend passed away, in less than 24 hours from start to finish. His body was his chapel. He was a picture of good health and condition. Needless to say all are shocked.

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