Name: michael shoemaker
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 3 January 2006
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I had a type b aortic dissection…went to ER with symptoms scribbled on paper in case I became unconscious. Numb from waist down. At one point I had a ghostly white foot and a purple foot. ER doc quickly ruled out heart attack, then paid attention to my scribble notes. Sent me thru the CT Scan, then to cardiac intensive care. No surgery…dissected both thoracic and abdominal. Stopped smoking. Blood pressure meds keep my blood pressure reasonable. (120/68 or so)….