In April it will be 3 years ago that my arising aorta dissected on a Sunday morning at 7 am sharp. Horrific pain and a twenty mile trip to the nearest hospital in Gainesville, GA. Emergency surgery saved my life very shortly before I was to expire. I heard the surgeon tell my wife that it was going to be very difficult and that she should say goodbye while she still could. I am now 82 years old, keep my blood pressure as low as possible and swim every day. I know the damned thing could pop on me again, but in the meantime I am enjoying life and a couple glasses of red wine per day (to keep the doctor way).