Steve Keglovic age 63

Name: steve keglovic
Email: kegg118@yahoo.com
Age at time of Dissection: 63
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 24 June 2018
Tell Us Your Story:

My Sunday morning started out on the golf course as is the norm as i am an avid golfer. On the 2nd hole, i developed an awful feeling, lightheartedness and feeling like my legs wouldn’t support me. I asked the guys to take me back to the club house, but thankfully they called 911. On the way to hospital, I developed weakness in my left leg and arm.

Upon arrival to ER, I could not see out of my right eye at all. After CT scan showed dissection of ascending and descending with occlusion of right carotid artery, I was life flighted to Cleveland Clinic. After 10 hours of surgery by the esteemed Dr. Eric Roselli, I woke up in intensive care. 10 days in hospital and discharged July 4. Slow and steady progress so far. Frustrating how slow however. I had just retired 4 months prior from being an Iron-worker for almost 40 years.

Not used to feeling like a baby, where I needed help just to shower. Walking pretty good around the house. I do have times of syncope, but i think it is because my BP is so much lower now with the 2 blood pressure medications i take.. Meeting with my cardiologist tomorrow, so we will see what happens from this point.

Looking forward to driving again and to doing things outside. Cardiac rehab in another couple weeks. How does everyone stay motivated? How do you know if you are doing enough exercise or maybe too much? thank you for letting me submit my story

2 Comments


  1. I had a chronic aortic dissection five years ago, no symptoms, discovered by accident during an eye exam. I was training for my third marathon and was 72 at the time. Recovered pretty quickly and now play tennis, 3 or 4 hours at a time, run 10k’s (not allowed to do marathons) and can bike up to 30 miles (no more 100 milers), work out at the gym – so lat 77 life can be as active as I need to be. Hope that works out for you.


  2. My 46 year old brother-in-law had an ascending and descending aortic dissection (tear) on June 26, 2018. He was in an induced coma for about 5-7 days. They recently took him off of the ventilator, but he still has the trach in.
    From reading your story I’m thinking his condition must have been much worse. He was at work when he felt a tearing type pain in his neck and back. He asked his dad, who works with him, to drive him to the hospital. They immediately did some scans and he was in surgery right away.
    Today is July 25. He’s still in the hospital with a trach in and is responding only ever so slightly to basic commands, i.e. raise your hand, blink for yes. From where I sit Steve, I think you are doing wonderfully compared to him and he’s much younger than you. Your story is giving me hope that he will once again return to a much more normal state. As for Jerry, his story gives me even more hope. Good health to the both of you.

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