Many physicians feel that with excellent blood pressure control and conscious limits to physical activity, patients can continue to lead long, full lives after a dissection. But it may require several months to regain energy after an aortic dissection. During this time please be patient with yourself and don’t rush your recovery.
For the first two years after surgery you will be closely monitored for any signs of complications such as a new aneurysm or a recurrent dissection. You will have a baseline CT scan or MRI within the first 3 months after surgery, and then will have repeat imaging of the aorta at periodic intervals over the next two years.
After aortic dissection, most patients require medication to control blood pressure to minimize stress on the aortic wall.
You and your doctor will also discuss lifestyle modifications that may be necessary, depending on your individual circumstances. In general:
Every person’s body and cardiovascular system responds differently to physical activity, so it is very important to discuss your physical activity levels and any concerns with your doctor.