I was diagnosed to have an ascending aortic aneurysm (5.2 cm wide)

"...Thanks for the website and book! It helped during the dark moments..."  
-V-P Larivaara  





Hi,

I’m a 37 –year old male from Finland. Last September 2013 I was diagnosed to have an ascending aortic aneurysm (5.2 cm wide) just two days prior I was supposed to run a marathon. What a shock it was  but afterwards it seems like stroke of luck! I could have been one of those who fall down dead without ever knowing what hit them.

 "...I could have been one of those who fall down dead without ever knowing what hit them..."

I did not have symptoms of any kind. I was in the best shape of my life having started excercising about two years prior (then having been overweight). I have a genetic blood pressure problem but it had already been controlled with medication for 10 years.

They performed me a David’s procedure at the University Hospital of St Luc in Belgium (by Professor Gebrine El Khoury) on January 8 th and everything went great. My recovery was rapid. After having returned back home to Finland I went jogging after six weeks of the surgery (very slow and very short distance) and mainly excercised by walking. Other than having a slight fever for couple of weeks after the surgery I have not faced any problems. At first I of course could not walk long distances etc. without getting tired but I mean that I never had eg. arrhythmia.

In May I went for my first longer distance (30 km, roughly 20 miles) trail run between two hills and it was awesome! That inspired me to train a bit harder and during the summer I run about 40+ miles/week. Two weeks ago October 5th I run a 50 mile race (2,300 meters ascending) on technical trails and finished in 13.20 hours, at the back of the pack but definitely the happiest man on earth! J Just less than 9 months after the surgery.

Anything is possible and one should not think life is over should one get this diagnosis but get it over with and go on with normal life. I realize I’m one the lucky ones but I want to share my story to inspire others.

Thanks for the website and book! It helped during the dark moments/months I had waiting for the operation and not knowing what life would be after the operation.

Best Regards,

V-P Larivaara


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