Jackie Creber-67

Name: Jackie Creber
Email: jackiecreber@tiscali.co.uk
Age at time of Dissection: 67
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 16 August 2016
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Ifirst presented with a crushing pain in my chest, also in my back ( this felt like indigestion) I went to ER and waited most of the day for them to decide what I had. I was given warfarin for a possible pulmonary embolism. They did an ECG but apart from a rapid heartbeat they found nothing, they sent me home and I was told to return the next day for an angiogram.

It was late afternoon before I had that done, once they realized it was an aneurysm, an ambulance was sent for and I was rushed to a nearby hospital specializing in heart conditions. The surgeon informed my family of how serious it was, particularly as I had been given blood thinning medicine. The surgery took 8 hours, and I was on a ventilator for a few days, my kidneys had failed and I was on dialysis for a week, my liver was affected also.

I spent two weeks in critical care, and a further two weeks in a ward. It is now five months later and I am very well, and consider myself extremely lucky to be alive!


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  1. Sharon DeLauder

    I can’t believe you had to wait and still lived! Wow! On January 23, 2017 I had an Ascending Aortic Dissection. Thank God my cell phone was in my pocket and I was able to call 911. The paramedics seemed to know what it was because of the excruciating chest pain and my legs went numb. I too had an Ascending Aortic Dissection, 5 days in an induced coma, 12 days in the hospital and released. So blessed to be alive. Since then I had a chronic cough for 6 1/2 months before concerted efforts of Doctors were able to figure it out. At least the cough is mostly gone. Although I am still uneasy because I’ve been told I have an active descending and abdominal dissection going on still. I read so much about Aortic Dissections and I’m a little sad because my life was so normal before and now I feel like I’m
    planning my days as if my life will end sooner because of my faulty vascular system. I’m 63.


    I am so glad I read this. I had an ascending aortic dissection in April this year – 7 months ago. I have been told part of my aorta is a bit bigger than it should be so I have been worrying myself sick it is going to do it again. My next CT scan is 6 months away. My whole waking thoughts are this slightly enlarged aorta and the same thing happening again.

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