Kev Heywood-50

Name: Kev Heywood
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 17 April 2014
Tell Us Your Story:

With no symptoms I was sat watching tv with my son at 9.30 in the evening when I felt the most intense crushing pain in my chest. It very quickly spread into my upper back and then knew I was a spot of trouble. After 5 minutes I asked my son to call 999 and the ambulance arrived within five minutes. I remained fully coherent and was able to answer fully all questions by the paramedics and even the ecg gave no indication of my condition. I was taken to hospital after about 30 minutes and even walked to the ambulance!

I was given pain relief enough route to little effect, I think a spray under my tongue and aspirin? The paramedics were brilliant again when we arrived at the AnE (which I believe saved my life) and I was in a bed almost immediately bypassing a pretty long queue, and wired up blood tests taken and morphine orally. Things moved along eventually having a ct scan which finally diagnosed a descending aortic dissection. Pain relief and other drugs were then given to me, and things become a tad hazy at this point but remember being moved by blue light ambulance to QE hospital in Birmingham to a specialist unit and understand I then spent 2 days in intensive care unit and then 17 days in the coronary care unit.

My treatment was to control my blood pressure with medication rather than surgery, which I understand research shows to be the preferred option, although this took quite a while to get me off IV to oral meds.
I left hospital with a large bag of 12 different types of medication and here I am resting and trying to do as I’m told. I have bought a blood pressure monitor and recording readings to give to my gp on our regular appointments.
I realize I am so lucky to have got through this so far and appreciate I have a long way to go, however I’m scared of what the future will bring… I have so many questions on that but will try to stay strong.


Tom Mohr-51


Daryl Lilburn-47


  1. could we have info on marfan’s syndrome and treatment suggestions,and list helpful meds

  2. Kev, my story almost the same, Went home with a big bag of meds, my girl friend , her sister and my sister tried their best to give me the right ones, at the right time , about 30 in all in one day! I almost o.d. my girl Nancy took me back to the hospital.(was there in icu for 2weeks) so what a another week ! This time when we left, the doctor made sure we had a meds were a 5th from the first time a time table when to take them! I believe if we just take our meds, live, eat, a little diffident than before we will be fine! Mine was on Feb 23, 014, Thank you Brian for this site!

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