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!