Rowing the 2012 Canadian Sculling Half Marathon in Honour of the CMA



Did you know aortic dissection is the most common catastrophe of the aorta and is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack? Did you know there is a genetic predisposition to aortic aneurysms and dissections? If you have not heard about it, it is because aortic dissection is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all! 


 When left untreated, about 33% of patients die either instantly or within the first 24 hours, 50% die within 48 hours and 75% of patients in 2 weeks with undiagnosed ascending aortic dissection (IRAD, International Registry of Aortic Dissection)Many patients with dissected aorta’s seeking care at hospital emergencies have been sent home with aspirin and later die due to the lack of awareness. Some individuals who have suffered fatal, emergency aortic dissection include Jonathan Larson, John Ritter, and Richard Holbrook. Others have been diagnosed early and accurately, and saved by timely surgery like Measha Brueggergosman and Tom Ritter, brother of John Ritter who was genetically diagnosed immediately after the death of his brother.    

On September 16 I will embark on the Ottawa River to compete in the Canadian Sculling Marathon. Hosted by the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC) , this 21 km half marathon is built on the principles of participation, endurance, fitness, distance and fun.

In honouring my row to the efforts to preserve aortic health by the Canadian Marfan Association (CMA), I humbly request your pledge to support the CMA. Click here for more information and to pledge your support today!


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