Name: Donald Case
Age at time of Dissection: 57
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 4 January 2012
Tell Us Your Story:
I had been home from a camping / hiking trip to AZ and NM for just a few hours. Sitting at the computer looking at my photos when I felt very weak. Got up to get an aspirin and fell down in the kitchen, hitting my head on the cabinets. I had fainted for a moment, but thank God I regained consciousness and was able to call 911. Never did get the intense pain in the chest, just an odd weak feeling. After a cat scan at the hospital I was told what happened to me is what happened to John Ritter and they had to operate immediately.
Also told it was 50 / 50 I would live through it. I was in the hospital three weeks and out of work four months. I always had high blood pressure and my cardiologist said that’s why I had the aortic dissection. I take a lot of blood pressure medicine now which does tire me out at times. I did suffer a bout of depression a half a year after all this happened. It’s been over two years now and on the plus side I am still active, hiking the mountains, playing the drums etc. On the minus side I know I am not the same and lessen the intensity of the activities I enjoy. I regret going back to work as it’s getting too much for me, hopefully I could retire soon.