Name: Tony Taylor
Age at time of Dissection: 65
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 3 March 2014
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I have been monitoring this excellent forum for three years, and I thought it was about time for me to weigh in here. I am doing it mostly to offer an alternative set of circumstances that can indicate an aortic dissection. In a nutshell, three years ago I had a small hemorrhagic stroke, and in the course of the diagnosis the doctors discovered that I had a Type B aortic dissection that extended “all the way down.”
The point I want to make is that my dissection was accompanied by no pain whatsoever; the stroke and dissection were completely unrelated. So in a sense that stroke was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me. It revealed a serious problem that I might never have found out about until it was too late.
In the intervening three years I had an endovascular aneurysm repair, but I am fine. I have been lucky with no pain. From this point on it’s all about blood pressure control and being careful with what I lift and how I lift. So except for the initial few weeks of being scared, I have gotten on with my life with only a few common-sense changes.