Living With Aortic Disease From The Patient’s Perspective

 You’re Not Alone!

And You Can Get Your Life Back On Track.

There are lots of helpful people out there, who’ve been through it and worse.

They understand how you feel.

They know what you need to know, if you, a family member or friend, are living with aortic disease.

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Here are some useful aortic disease sites.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Awareness Facebook Page

Living With An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Facebook Page

Have a heart stent, go to this link

Have aortic dissection, go to this site

Have an aortic arch aneurysm, requiring open heart surgery, read this book

There is more information at this link, though it always needs updating

Wondering why there’s so much stuff on ‘plantar fasciitis?” It’s a hobby of mine

Dealing with a thoracic aortic aneurysm, and possibly open heart surgery? Read Benjamin’s inspiring book.

living with aortic disease

Weird things happening to your blood pressure after stent placement? You’re not alone. I reported my stent-induced hypertension (220/120) to the FDA.

Once you get your feet back on the ground, it’s time to get your life back on track. Include exercise in this process. It’s Ironman training that keeps me out of assisted living (a common joke amongst older triathletes). Here is one approach to returning to exercise, even a sport, safely:

living with aortic disease

Build your training plan around your benefit risk assessment.

Wondering whether to have open surgery for a replacement graft (dangerous for your sex-life in men) or a stent graft? Talk to Pauline and others on the AAA Awareness Group Page.

living with aortic disease

It’s not the surgeon’s job to tell us how to handle living with aortic disease. That’s up to us. Furthermore, they’re really busy saving other people’s lives. We have to work out how to get back on with our lives.

Remember: A life without risk, is no life at all.

Just signed up for the Cozumel Ironman.

I must be crazy!

Wishing you happy trails,

kev aka FitOldDog

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  1. Danielle Monroe says

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I hav PAD. And a type 1 diabete for 32 years. I appreciate your positive words. Just found out I have it.

  2. Danielle Monroe says

    I had 3 stents put in

  3. Hi Danielle, PAD is harder to deal with than my AAA stent grafts, I’m finding out. But my plan may work, so I’ll blog my progress from time to time. Never give up, as exercise is the best treatment for PAD. I use the pool for cardio, btw. kev

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.