Name: Stacey Payne’s husband
Age at time of Dissection: 53
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 28 January 2016
Tell Us Your Story:

This happened to my husband. I will never forget the first time he went to the hospital two days before. He had me rush him to the hospital he had indigestion, and chest pain and weakness in his arms. They kept him overnight to do test. They done a echo cardiogram, stress test, and lots of blood test. Which they found nothing. And sent him home. He got up the next morning and went to work. He had been there about 3 hours, and he called his boss and said it was happening all over again, that he was going home. His boss told him to stay where he was he was coming to get him.

Because they were about 10 minutes from the hospital. He got in the truck and drove him straight to the hospital. By the time he got there he was out of it. And very sick to his stomach from the pain. When I got to the hospital I had never saw him in such pain. He never complained. They did the CT Scan stat, and rushed him straight to the OR. Where they only gave him 20% chance to live. And they were in surgery for 9 hours. During this they had to do a double bypass and put in a stint.

And he had a stroke. Withing 24 hours they had took the breathing tubes out, and from there they slowly took something away each day. Took them a while to figure out he had a stroke. He was really out of it and talking really crazy. He spent 9 days in the CICU, and 3 on the step down unit from there. The stroke affected his vision, and his memory. He has been told to take it easy. What brought me to this page was looking to see if anyone else had to have another surgery. He may have to have another one, as his aorta is leaking, and they said it can cause his heart to weaken. I have been trying to research treatments and outcome of another surgery. If anyone knows anything I would love to know.

He has always been a hard worker and this not being able to do anything is driving him nuts.