Name: Bill Bay
Age at time of Dissection: 61
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 10 April 2008
Tell Us Your Story:

My life style is active. I spend a lot of my time outdoors doing work on my weekend farm. For years I’ve had problems with hypertension. Meds prescribed by my GP didn’t bring my BP to acceptable levels.

One day while at my desk talking on the phone (with no warning) I felt something pop inside my chest (like a balloon popped), followed by pain in the middle of my chest and back. I immediately knew it was something serious. I had my assistant call 911. I was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. The ER did all the typical tests thinking heart attack, i.e., blood work, ekg, etc. All results came back normal. The ER doctor was thinking gall stones… I knew that couldn’t be right. Finally it was decided to order a CatScan… Result showed the dissection (ascending).

I needed to be moved to Houston’s Methodist Hospital by Helicopter, however, we were advised that there were no rooms available. The ER doctor expressed the urgency of the matter and a room suddenly was available. Dr. Joseph Coselli was waiting as I arrived at Methodist and he assured my wife that he could repair my aorta.

During the course of surgery it was discovered that I also had a dissected descending aorta, however, the severity did not require surgery at that time. I have annual tests monitoring my aorta and at this time there has been no change to justify additional surgery.

It has been 4 1/2 years since my surgery and I am doing great. I have returned to most all my activities.

I had a wonderful team of doctors and assistants at Houston’s Methodist Hospital.