Name: Alfred Moore
Age at time of Dissection: 52
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 15 August 2006
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Iwas playing golf early on a Saturday morning. When teeing off on the first hole, I felt a slight tightness in my chest that I thought was caused by the coolness of the air and the lack of warming up.  The tightness persisted and I felt lightheaded when picking the ball up out of the hole.  After the fourth hole, I told my playing partners I wasn’t feeling quite right and had my wife pick me up and take me to the  ER.  Within 20 minutes, I walked into the ER and all of  my symptoms had dissipated by this time. Nonetheless, they performed many tests including blood work which showed some internal bleeding.  This led to the ER Doctor ordering a CT which showed the dissection.

I was immediately transferred to the the larger local University Hospital  for an emergency  replacement of my aorta including the arch.  The dissection had moved up through my carotids and down the descending aorta.  The surgery went well and I was home by Friday and back to work full time in six weeks.  Within six months, the recovery was full and my life back to normal. Walking 18 holes of golf is the majority of my exercise and I eat and drink like I did before the surgery.  I take 10 mg of Bystolic (Beta Blocker) and 10 mg of Amlodipine each once a day with no noticeable side effects.  I know I’m very fortunate in many ways after reading many of these of these other stories.

A lot of people were responsible for my positive outcome particularly since my symptoms were not overly severe given the extensive nature of the dissection.  Consequently, I felt compelled to tell my story in hopes that it may aide someone in the future.  My only savior was to trust my instincts.  I could easily kept playing golf or gone home and taken a nap.  I know in either case, I wouldn’t have made it to the next day if I had chosen those paths.