Ken Johnson-49

by Brian Tinsley on November 6, 2015 · 1 comment

in Ascending/Descending,Forties,Personal Stories

Name: ken johnson
Age at time of Dissection: 49
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 1 March 2015
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I was walking thru a parking lot when i had a pain in my chest that went thru to my back, i went to the hospital they sent me to a larger city by ambulance for ct scan, 7 hours later i had the scan and was immediately flown to Calgary, had emergency surgery (12 hours) resulting in spinal cord ischemia. prior to this event 7 month earlier i had been electrocuted with 6000 volts 3 time before being blown off.

Has anybody ever heard of electrical injury weakening the aorta to result in a delayed rupture.thank you for any feedback.

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  • Abbas

    Hey Ken,

    Pretty crazy about the electric injury – glad you beat it! Yes, there are several documented cases (you will find them online) of acute electric injury leading to complications of the heart, including arrhythmia, aortic occlusion and aortic dilation. I assume depending on the level of damage, it would take variable time in manifesting itself, from a few days to a few months.

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