Name: James Brown
Age at time of Dissection: 62
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 7 September 2016
Tell Us Your Story:

My aortic dissection came without warning, my wife and I had just returned home from the store and we stop by the mailbox, I got out of the truck checked the mail and all a sudden I felt a tremendous pressure in my chest. At this point we returned to the house where I tried to lay down on the bed, but the pain wa to intense, so I laid down on the floor and asked my wife to call 911 within fifteen or twenty minutes I was being transported to the hospital. After entering the hospital I have little memory of what happened.

I remember my sister in law was there and I asked her to take care of my wife, I was sure that I was going to die. My condition was treated as heart attack, but luckily for me they was not sure and sent me to another hospital. The admitting doctor on duty was a cardiologist he did not believe I was having hear attack.

He put a probe through my arm and found that my aorta had torn. He immediately had me prepped for surgery. The surgeon told me that my chance were not good but without surgery I would die, I agreed to surgery and I do not remember anything after that until I woke up in I.C.U four days later.

I had the best care and was in I.C.U for seventy days. My surgeon called me his miracle. I am here today to celebrate Christmas with my family because the cardiologist new I was not having heart attack and his quick actions and the skill of the surgeon and the good Lord above is why I survived when many others have not. The recovery process has been difficult for me, but I have a great support group to help me.