Alicia Rasmussen-30

Name: Alicia Rasmussen
Age at time of Dissection: 30
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 14 December 2013
Tell Us Your Story: My story begins somewhat like a cheesy horror movie.

It was Friday the 13, 2013 and I was enjoying my works Christmas party. With my candy cane stripped stocking and Elf shoes on, I had just finished dinner when it felt like someone had stabbed me in the chest. I went over to where my husband was and sat beside him, he asked what was wrong and when I told him my chest hurt he suggested it was nothing more than heart burn. As I had just finished a rich Christmas meal including a glass of red wine I agreed. So I sat there, took a Zantac and was sipping on a glass of water waiting for the pain to pass. After about 30 minutes with no change in pain I realized I needed to go to the hospital.

Once at the hospital I was lucky enough to have received medical attention right away. They found that I had an Aortic Dissection, all three stages, and I was rushed to a different hospital where I had emergency open heart surgery on the early hours of the morning of December 14, just 13 days before my 31st birthday.

I was released from the hospital just 6 days after surgery, which was fine by me as I felt home would be better. I got to spend the holidays, and my birthday, at home with my family, very lucky me.

The recovery has been strange to say the least. Most of my body is willing and more than able but my sternum is defiantly not. Now I am just playing the waiting game till I see my Surgeon and Cardiologist.

Oh this thing we call life.


Wendy Cukier-63


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  1. Daniel Enriquez

    Hi, I was 43 when I had my event. Both type I and I I dissection on mothers day 2009 of all days. Like you the sternum was very touchy for quite a while. Please give yourself time to heal. If you start too early to try to be active you could end up with a stroke(I did 5 months later). Take your time. You are young and things do get better. Good luck and be healthy.

  2. Whitney Davis

    Hi there! So glad you had the intuition to get to the hospital. You’re a miracle!!! I too have had an aortic dissection at an early age. I was 34, just 3 days after giving birth to my daughter. I am 2 years and 4 months out. I can attest to things do get much better, dare I say normal?! Just take it easy, you just had your chest sawed in two.

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