| | Aortic Dissection
I'm brand new to this board, and I'd like to thank everyone in advance for all the support. This board has been great, and in browsing through all the subjects, I have found this to be more informative and supportive than my own doctor!
My husband survived an aortic dissection at age 41 (he's 43 now). He was on a business trip and collapsed, had emergency open heart surgey, and survived. He has high BP, high cholesterol -- both controlled by medication. We're told he's very lucky to be alive.
He just had a cat scan of his chest done and has been told he needs another surgery because he has another dissection. His surgery isn't scheduled until the beginning of November. If this was an emergency, wouldn't the doctor have insisted it be done earlier?
Also, he doesn't feel the need to get a second opinion -- he said he saw the dissection clear as day on the films and is very comfortable with the surgeon (head of cardiothoracic surgery at very good hospital in NYC). I wouldn't let anyone cut into my chest without a second opinion, but I'm going to have to let him call the shots. Would you push this?
I feel like he's a walking time bomb, but he assures me he's fine. He wouldn't let me go with him when he saw the surgeon (said I get to worked up about this).