Name: Jim Tindell
Age at time of Dissection: 56
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 25 March 1997
Tell Us Your Story:

Awoke on a Monday morning to an extremely painful ripping in my chest. Went to local ER and spent 5 days there until a TEE was done where the dissecting aorta was discovered. Ascending to bifurcation. Top to bottom.

Cardiologists Recommended to my wife that I be air ambulanced to Houston to see the leading aortic aneurysm surgeon Dr Joseph Coselli. Surgery done next day and they were not able to do lower part of aneurysm at that time.

They decided to watch it and monitor the change in size carefully. That was 18 years ago. I have been fortunate to lead a fairly normal life since then (with an aortic valve and root replacement in subsequent years).

In 2014 I was diagnosed with lung cancer which they found early because I was having the monitoring CT scan for the aneurysm. I have since completed 9 months of chemo and radiation and am cancer free!! Now I will need to get Dr. Coselli’s opinion on the remaining dissected section of my middle and lower aorta as it has grown to a potentially dangerous level.

Not sure he will want to do surgery. But will need to find out. So I’ve been through a lot but still have a positive attitude and hope to have some more good years ahead with my wonderful family.