Originally Posted by LonghornBabe
First...thank you so much for all your prayers, good wishes and phone calls! It meant the world to me!
Dad is doing awesome. He went back to the cardiologist and surgeon yesterday. They removed the stitches and staples!!! He will have to have surgery to repair the abdominal dissection but for now, things are great. It is a hereditary condition so I am going to see a doctor pretty soon!
Dad and mom are heading up to New Braunfels today!! Life is good!!
I miss all of my tailgating buddies but I am sure y'all understand that family comes first! I am there in spirit and thinking of you guys!!!
Lots of love,
This is exactly what happened to my Dad last January. His dissection was at the Aorta above the heart. We are both fortunate that they received excellent medical attention at the hospital when they arrived (I assumed he went to the ER). My understanding is it is very difficult to diagnose and one usually has only 24 - 36 hours before it's fatal.
Regarding your health, my understanding is the best way to decrease your risk of this occuring is making sure your blood pressure stays in a safe zone. I don't think they understand all the factors that cause this to happen. But certainly, high blood pressure is the trigger for it.