Personal Stories: Melissa Wilson
 Hello Brian,


My name is Melissa Wilson from Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.  I'm 33yrs old and am a aortic dissection survivor.  Two years ago I was diagnosed with an Extensive Type B aortic dissection, extending from the level of T6-7 extending distally through the remaining portion of the thoracic aorta as well as the entire abdominal aorta, with the dissection terminating in the common iliac arteries. 


I see a GP regularly, as well as 6month check ups with a Cardiovascular surgeon.  Their approach to my treatment is too aggressively treat my B.P with Metoprolol 25mg 2x daily & keep my B.P regulated @ 110/70 or lower.  Recently I went to the ER due to extreme hypotension.  Getting another CT resulting in findings of a fusiform ectasia of the thoracic aorta starting where the dissection begins, measuring a maximal diameter of 3cm.  Ectasia tapering towards the diaphram & measures 2.4cm at the take-off of the SMA, left renal artery arises from the false lumen, hemangioma in segment 7 of the liver, also a small hypodensity in the liver, yet too small to characterize. There is replacement of the common hepatic artery, which arises from the SMA and follows an aberrant course.


I do believe the dissection occurred 4 1/2 yrs ago while living in Calgary.  I was taken to hospital & treat with an anti-inflamatory the pressure was relived & was sent home, with later findings a few years later of the dissection (info as above).  I am really confused about all of this & the Dr's don't really explain things to me.  I have done my research and know the end result, but I have NOT underwent any type of surgeries, things seem to be not getting any better!  I guess I would like if possible some type of explanation and options.  I feel that if surgery is needed why not soon before it's too late & fatigue makes it hard to fight.  I am finding that the Dr's here are not too sure what to do if that is fair in saying.  They recommend that I rest & rest.  I know that this is for info purposes only, but a better understanding & advice on other options would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, you web site is very informative.
In Spirit,
Melissa Wilson


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