I was indeed very pleased to have
come across your site which happened accidentally while I was looking
for information on ascending aorta dissection. Although I am 77, I am
quite new to heart and artery problems. It all happened on the 3rd
of February when I got a severe pain starting in the upper part of my
neck piercing to the back and extending to both the front and back of my
I was rushed into hospital where
preliminary examinations in the emergency room revealed almost nothing
wrong and was put under observation for another 48 hours. The pain had
subsided and I felt reasonably normal. On the 5th I was
taken for a CT which revealed a dissection in the ascending and arch
part of the aorta, but the doctors indicated that this could be treated
by beta block medication and did not really suggest surgery. Most of
the staff in that hospital were either school friends or friends and the
hospital director suggested that we should consider surgery.
The argument against surgery from
the part of the vascular surgeon was that there was a clot of blood
formed and that it eventually built up against a protection against
internal hemorrhage. Out of complete coincidence and I should say luck,
Dr. Hazim Safi himself was, at that time, visiting Cairo. Dr. Safiís
decision was that a surgery was needed and that the clot was not
sufficient safeguard and my life could be in danger. The operation took
place on the 9th of February for:
1. Resection and graft replacement
of the ascending aorta using a 30 mm woven Dacron tube graft.
2. Resuspension of the aortic
valve utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass and moderate hypothermia.
I was hospitalized for two weeks
thereafter and was put on Cordaron to stable heart beat and was in
reasonably fit condition to be discharged. My problem during
hospitalization was that as a result of an old polio and total knee and
hip replacement on my right leg, I had to use crutches which, on account
of my chest incision had to be in bed most of the time.
I was recommended a CT scan one
month from surgery and at an interval of 3 months thereafter during the
first year. At home, I started moving around using my crutches 6 weeks
from operation and I am now recovering slowly, but would like the answer
to the following questions:
1. Since the operation, I now have
numbness in the inner thigh of my right leg.
2. Tingling sensation in my right
palm and sometimes shooting pain in my arm.
3. Shortness of breath but
4. I was on Adrenal Proplonolol
which gave me dry cough for about a month and then disappeared. I made
a refill 3 weeks ago of Proplonolol hydrochloride and the coughing is
Admittedly there is a change of
brand since the first batch was from Vienna and the second batch I got
from New York. All in all, I consider myself very lucky and hopefully
the CT which is due tomorrow will prove that all is well.
Thanks Brian for giving me all
these valuable information, since I would have no means of otherwise
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