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Aortic Dissection 5K/Strollerthon

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Carmen David


In pregnancy, everyone is always concerned about the baby's health? But what about the mother? What are things we should be aware of for her during pregnancy or postpartum? 22 hours after delivering my second daughter I had an aortic dissection. An aortic dissection is when there is a tear in the aorta, the main artery that carries blood to our whole body. It's not just an emergency, it is truly a time critical situation that could mean life or death. Scary, I know. But here's the thing...just like you would want someone to know what to do for your baby's health during gestation or delivery, you want doctors to know what's happening if this were to ever happen to you, as a mother, to your wife, to your daughter, to your friend. Now, it is rare, so there is no need to preoccupy yourself with the what if, but rather educate yourself and others to the symptoms and term: aortic dissection because knowledge is power and it does save lives! In my case, without any risk factors, no preeclampsia or family history of any kind, no one thought the term aortic dissection. It was found 3 hours later by a radiologist in a CT scan. And it still took 36 hours and 3 hospitals later before someone could take my case and save my life. I feel I may have taught many clinicians something in those 36 hours. And now I feel it's my purpose to be a voice for aortic dissections, but specifically, pregnancy related aortic dissections, because there is no voice for it. And if you were that "rare" one, wouldn't you want someone to know what's happening to save your life? So I wish to host a 5K/Strollerthon to bring awareness to my community. My goal is to bring awareness to a rare phenomenon in pregnancy in hope's of it saving some mother's and/or baby's life just by the patient or clinician knowing the term aortic dissection, the symptoms of it and how to quickly diagnose it and treat it in order to save lives. So will you please join me in being a voice for aortic health by supporting this cause. It will be open to ALL runners, stroller or not, and I know in my gut it will be a successful event for years to come! All proceeds from the Strollerthon will benefit the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health for further awareness, education and research.



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