|My dissected distal aorta - existing unrepaired|
The top oval is the false lumen, or dead end ripped out channel. The bottom oval is the true lumen or open channel in the aorta.
The line between the two channels is the intima tear - of inner lining of my aorta, ripped out from the aorta wall and 'floating' in the middle of the aorta. This phenomena is know as a 'dissected aorta'.
The vessel walls are much weaker than a normal, non-torn aorta and are subject to rupture or aneurysm. As stated in the article published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine's National Institutes of Health, aggressive hypertension treatment is about the only non-surgical treatment option for this condition.
Surgical replacement of the distal aorta is highly risky. Stents are not accepted as a treatment option at this time. My cardiologist says 'we don't want to open a can of worms', and one of my Facebook Marfan Syndrome friends recently did not make it through her descending dissection repair in Denver this last month.
I am placing this photo here to remind me of not stressing, of remaining calm, not worrying, not picking up anything over two or so pounds as my doctor recommends.
Our body is amazing. And it continues to function sometimes even when the 'experts' shake their head and wonder how.