Month: October 2017

Letting others realize their joy is more rewarding than anything


TAVR heart procedure for inoperable aortic stenosis

I am eventually going to have my aortic valve replaced. I have wondered if I am a candidate for this type of surgery vs having to have open heart surgery again.

Anyone else had this done?
Brian Tinsley 🙂

Brad Bennett-70

Hello Brian. Enjoy your site very much. 2 years ago I collapsed in my bedroom with intense chest pain around 11 pm. My wife called an ambulance and they rushed me the local hospital here in Abbotsford BC. Once there they ran the usual tests for heart failure but could find no cause? I remained in pain and needed a lot of meds. After another Ct scan with still no answer they decided to hold me over night.

But one Dr on night shift, Dr Newton, sensed something wrong and called the Cardio center at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. There a Dr Daniel Wong asked for the scan and was certainly concerned, but even he was reluctant to have me sent over to his facility as it was 3 am and a team would be hard to get together. But Dr Newton was adamant, and insisted I should be sent immediately. He ordered an ambulance and I was sent to Royal so fast my wife could’nt keep up. Once there Dr Wong ran more tests and sure enough I was developing a full ascending aortic breakdown and had only hours to live!

Somehow Dr Wong got a team and I went into Emergency open heart surgery. Later the attending Dr told me my aorta was splitting right down the middle and they were able to remove it with just in time. They spliced in a plastic tube to replace it that ran from the top of my heart and down to the defending section. Quite a feat of surgery for Dr Wong.

I’m 74 now and leading a healthy life thanks to some very fine doctors. I was truly blessed that night.

Cheers. Brad Bennett

Brotherly Love

article source:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Wear the Gown is our way of saying you should see your doctor regularly. It’s a campaign that continues to get strong endorsements from all over the state, like brothers Jonathan and Josh from northwest Arkansas.

They were born two years apart. They became very close, loving the same things, sharing the same experiences. Their family pictures tell the story. But there was a picture they never thought they’d share. Earlier this year the brothers almost died within two months of each other. It started with the oldest, Josh, and a crossfit workout that left him almost lifeless.

“And he had a cat scan and was found to have an aortic aneurysm,” said cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Fred Meadors of CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute.

Dr. Meadors took one look at the scan and operated immediately. Josh was a ticking time bomb. “90 percent of people who have an aortic dissection in this location, die within 14 days if it’s not treated,” said Dr. Meadors.

It not only got treated but Josh’s life was saved. A little over two months later, his brother Jonathan was helping a friend with a business move and fell off a ladder.

“And when that happened they did a CT scan to check and see if I was paralyzed,” said Jonathan.

No paralysis but the scan revealed that like his brother, Jonathan too had an aortic aneurysm and needed immediate attention. The surgery performed again by Dr. Meadors was successful. Dr. Meadors knows better than anyone how fortunate the Seubold brothers were.

“And these two young guys that came from the northwestern part of the state did not have any other clues that they might have had it, so they were both, they were both lucky,” said Dr. Meadors. “Well, we like to compete. So, I mean I couldn’t let him go and have open heart surgery. I had to compete with it,” Jonathan said laughingly.

Two months out, they can smile about it. Their lives back to normal and to keep it that way, they both now know to wear the gown. Dr. Josh Seubold is a chiropractor and Jonathan Seubold is a counselor. Both work in northwest Arkansas and were referred to Dr. Meadors in central Arkansas. As you can imagine, they’re both huge fans now.

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Patricia Schultz-57

Name: Patricia Schultz
Age at time of Dissection: 57
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 10 September 2017
Tell Us Your Story:

On September 10th 2017 I went for my usual run hoping that day to run around 9 miles. Into the first mile while going up a short steep hill it felt like my heart was in my throat. I stopped and sat for a minute, drank some water. I got up and tried running again but I just didn’t feel right. Thought I would try and push it to mile three where I usually get in my groove.

My vision was a bit off and was still not feeling good. I decided it was best to stop and I started to walk back to my car where I ran into my husband who was exercising where I was running. I told him I wasn’t feeling good so we went home . My husband had plans I told him to go ahead with them. I still was not feeling the best.

I could not figure out what to do with myself. Within about a half hour my husband called and wanted to know if I wanted to go to the er. I said I thought that would be a good idea. After a few tests and MRI’S I was diagnosed with an ascending Aortic Dissection.

I was transported to the hospital where I had emergency surgery. They repaired my aorta and a valve. All went well. One day after the fluids were not draining properly around my heart and lungs so I to had to go back into surgery to have the fluids drained. Fast forward …… It has been five weeks and my recovery is going well. Cardiac rehab has me moving each day and I hope to be running in the near future!

Craig Carda-35

Name: Craig Carda
Age at time of Dissection: 35
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 25 May 2015
Tell Us Your Story:

Hi, I am Craig Carda and I survived a ascending Aorta dissection!
This is something I tell myself everyday since memorial day of 2015,
It started out as a beautiful holiday weekend enjoying time making some burgers and hot dogs and relaxing with my family and suddenly begin to feel ill…I thought maybe I did not cook something well enough or Just tired.
I proceeded to tell my wife, “I’m going to take a shower, I do not feel good.”

At that moment I begin to walk towards the bathroom and said, “No shower, Let’s go to the hospital.” She looked at me as I was walking towards the front door in pain, I am ok with pain but then my right leg lost feeling I could not move it as I got to the car…..The pain Started to increase to my back as my wife started the car. Thank god we lived minutes from the hospital. When we reached the hospital I could no longer walk and tried to drag my leg out and make it function. It would not cooperate. The panic set in.

I was on the ground with car door ajar and screaming some pretty insane swear words and the pain felt deeper. Two paramedics outside the ER grabbed a wheel chair and pushed me in….Keep in mind I am still conscious and I am angry wondering how this happened.

I am in a machine all of the sudden getting some dye scan when I am pulled out very fast and on to a bed and rushed to a room. I see 4 doctors, maybe there was only 2 but at this time the drugs they gave me kicked in….They begin asking questions, Do you want a mechanical or a pig valve? I remember saying what….Can we talk about this later? Do you authorize your wife to make this decision you have 10 minutes. I replied, 10 minutes for what? I remember saying, “Yes my wife can make any decision about me, she always does!”

Before passing out….I woke up from a weird sleep in a trance with a tube in my mouth and very frightened….Thank goodness my wife was there to explain and calm me down…It has been 3 years since the operation and life has been different. I miss a lot of things but I’m grateful I am still alive….

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