Aortic Dissection

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Date Joined May 2017
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   Posted 11/5/2017 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I had aortic dissection surgery in January of this year. I was told to sit in the back of a vehicle and protect my chest by placing my heart/coughing pillow under the seat belt over my heart. I know it could take a year for the sternum to heal. I’m terrified of sitting in the front seats and the air bag injuring my chest.
How long will you sit in the back of a vehicle covering your chest with the pillow?

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 11/6/2017 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh... I never did. I rode home from the hospital 4 days after open heart surgery in the front seat. I started driving 5 weeks post-op. I did however, stay off my bike for 4 months in case I crashed.

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   Posted 11/6/2017 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
all good by now smithy. i sat with up front with pillow straight away. pretty much healed after a couple of months we are.
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