My sister had an aortic dissection 12 yrs ago and had open heart surgery to repair it. Somehow, she survived. Has done well until February this year when she had a massive heart attack and survived again! They had to bring her back twice. She did pretty well for about 2 months, then she started having shortness of breath and ofcourse no energy. She has been diagnosed with 2 leaky valves and her old discection is needing to be repaired. She has seen a specialist which want to replace one valve and repair the other and the old disection. I am so afraid that she may not survive the surgery. Can anyone tell me what is going to happen? I'm so afraid and she is too.
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replied June 22nd, 2007
Wow, sweety. I can't say i know what your going through but i have had open heart surgery. I had a valve repaired when i was only eleven months old and i survived. Here i am 16 years later and living a normal everyday life. My grandmother had open heart surgery about a month ago. It was a slow recovery and she is still in the hospital. It might take a while for your sister to recover and with every operation there is a risk. You just have to have faith that everything will work out for the better!

I hope your sister will be ok!
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replied July 6th, 2008
your sister
whosoever you are and wherever you may be I fully emphatize with you. My prayers are with you; I suffered an aortic dissection undiagonsed for six weeks two years ago. Somehow I survived after a valve sparing procedure.

Your sis has more issues no doubt but she is much younger to I and presumably access to the best possible medical care. ADs usuallyneed surgical intervention if in the ascending or ar.ch of the aorta.Wonder why the old dissection needs attention as the procedure lasts.Having said that what has happened has happened. I am no messiah but it would be best to take the opinions of those close and the medical team that you trust.

My best to you and sis. Please give her strength as she needs that to take on this challenge.
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