Vivienne Rumbold-57

Name: Vivienne Rumbold
Age at time of Dissection: 57
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 27 June 2016
Tell Us Your Story: Hi Brian,

I‘m finding it very stressful as do not seem to be able to find out if my husband should be like this now.

My husband was rush to hospital on 27 June 2016 with mostly stomach pains and fortunately the doctor took a ct scan and a Dissection of Aorta – type b intra-mural haematoma/Aorta dissection was diagnosed.

He was rush to John Radcliff Hospital Oxford for surgery but fortunately they decided they would not do as they said they would control with drugs to lower is blood pressure.

He was in lots of pain and they said it was due to constipation from the morphine.

Six days later he was sent home 1July 2016 with loads of drugs and we were very happy but it’s been very stressful as he is still in lots pain and I had to get emergency doctor out and his bp was 140/85. The prescribed him ibuprofen as well as paracetamol plus extra constipation stuff.

He is still having bad night’s and not sure if constipation or what and when phone up hospital they say to talk to my GP and then vice versa. I just really want to know if this is normal.

Unfortunately I never saw a doctor at the hospital as they seem to do there rounds when I wasn’t about. The only thing I was told not let his blood pressure go over 130. This seems to happen just before he takes his meds in morning.

He has another ct scan in 4 weeks. Are you able to tell me if tears can mend by themself? Sorry for long e-mail and typo etc so very tired and stressed.


Bob Smith-27


Dawn Walker-47


  1. Rhonda A Bartall-Dye

    I had my tear 5 years ago…I am pleased to say as of today it is gone! I just turned 65

  2. John Quick

    Hi Vivienne, I´ve just read your post. I live with a descending dissection, having had emergency surgery for an ascending. It´s been ten years nearly. I also used to live in Oxford! My dissection is managed by medication and I can probably tell you quite a bit about bp ranges and the main reasons why this is the preferred approach rather than surgery. But there is quite a bit to say, so if you want you can write to me at and then if you want we can talk on the phone.
    Best wishes, John Quiok

    (You can read my story of in the section Ascending Dissection (Forties)

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