Personal Stories: Barb Yoho
My motherís (Barb)
aortic dissection story:
The end of 2003, my mom (Barb) had been
having high blood pressure, which was uncharacteristic for her. Her
family doctor dismissed it as no big deal, so I encouraged her to
switch doctors. Thank God she did. The new doctor heard a heart
murmur, sent her for tests the next day, and she was admitted to the
hospital for surgery immediately after the test.
She had a complete dissection of the
aorta, starting at the heart and going down the whole length of the
aorta, into both arms and legs. Her valve was replaced and the aorta
was ďwrappedĒ at the top (I think), and now sheís on medicine (beta
blockers) and will be following up with the surgeon and the heart
doctor on a somewhat frequent basis. This was late January of 2004.
Oh Ė and the kicker to this whole story, is that she probably had
started her dissection about a year and a half ago Ė or so it is
thought. In October of 2002, she had very sever chest pain (front and
back), and went to ER, thinking she was having a heart attack. But
when they took her blood pressure, her hand went numb, so they figured
it was a stroke, and never tested her for heart problems (they checked
for gall bladder, ulcers, stroke, but not heart). But now the doctors
think that was when the dissection started. God kept her alive for
some reason Ė she really should be dead by now!
Anyhow, itís now a few months after the
surgery, and my mom is still recovering. She has been told that she
might have to have more surgeries down the road, but no one knows for
sure. She was told by one doctor that it was caused by hardening of
the arteries, but by the surgeon she was told that no one knows what
caused it. Iím hoping itís not a hereditary issues, because itís not
something I would like to go through, and I have 3 small kids (1,3,5)
and I donít want them to have to go through it either. But they just
keep telling her they donít know. Anyhow, sheís goes back to the
surgeon in about a week or so, already had another test of the aorta,
(and she wasnít admitted right back into the hospital, which is good),
so we just keep thanking God that she is alive, and appreciate each
I also want to add that I am so glad I
found this website. Iím big into checking the internet for resources,
and was getting rather frustrated that I couldnít find information.
And itís great to have a place to go to talk with other people who
have had this happen (and are STILL ALIVE!!)! I hope I can get my mom
reading and posting, but if not, then Iíll pass the info on to her.
Contact: Barb Yoho
(patient and mother)
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