Name: Ken Smolinski
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 4 January 2015
Tell Us Your Story:

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.