Ken Smolinski-50

by Brian Tinsley on February 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Descending,Fifties,Personal Stories

Name: Ken Smolinski
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 4 January 2015
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I had a sudden onset of pain in both of the back portions of my hips. Within 10 minutes I had an added significant pain in the middle of my back. I was driven to the hospital and diagnosed with the dissection.

I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome so surgery was not the immediate option. I remained hospitalized in ICU for a few days under intense monitoring. I was placed on Metoprolol Tartrate. I am currently being followed by a Vascular Surgeon, a Cardiologist and my primary care physician. I have returned to work full time.

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Had my aorticdissection on 8/22/2003 while playing tennis at the age of 40. I got a second chance at life!

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