Bill McCall-56

Name: Bill McCall
Age at time of Dissection: 56
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 9 October 2009
Tell Us Your Story:

After working the 2nd shift as a Practical Nurse@ the Veterans Administration, I went home looking forward to a day off before working the week-end. While enjoying some private time with my wife, I suddenly had a lower back pain which I thought was the worse possible time to have a muscle cramp.

No matter what I tried the pain didn’t go away, about 3am it lessen and I finally fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning my back pain was still present & now I also had lower abdominal pain. Knowing that it wasn’t normal I drove my 4by4 Suv to the Emergency Room where my primary physician had privileges.

Walked to the Triage Nurse who took my blood pressure and asked if I could walk to a stretcher. With an IV in each arm and numerous test, I spent 10 long days in CCU.

The staff was surprised when I was discharged because I wasn’t expected to survive the first night.


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Bob McNaus-45


  1. we are both fortunate we had descending dissections; otherwise, as a doc told me, “they would already have cracked open your chest!”

  2. every doc appointment they tell me I should had died! Been 3months now and I’m going to make to 90’s! Me? on Feb 23, 014 I’m so glad for Brian and this site! Rex AND ALL OF YOU !

  3. Bill McCall

    October 2014, made six years that I’ve lived with my dissection. It has really helped living in a relatively large city with University affiliated hospitals to get various opinion’s. In my instance the lining of the aortic artery has separated from the outer wall! With current technology there isn’t a surgical remedy. Only a combination of blood pressure meds can be used to prevent the tear from increasing.
    I’m now allowed to slowly begin to lift weights, just to keep muscle tone. I’ve drastically changed my diet, struggling through my first semester of grad school, (online). Also slowly learning Tai Chi and my neighborhood Senior center. Most importantly I’ve doubled-down on practicing my Buddhist faith. For me chanting-Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo; meditation really keeps everything in perspective. I hope my comments help. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

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