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Spotlight: Jana Venable, Kentucky

by You're the C. on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jana Venable Kentucky

On October 5, 2010, one day before my 44th birthday, I went to the emergency room with severe back pain.  Little did I know that week, when I was feeling so bad and having symptoms of fatigue, pressure, and headache, my aorta was dissecting from my brain stem to my kidneys. 

I was diagnosed with thoracic and abdominal dissections, and my family was informed that the chance of me surviving was less than 5%.  However, through God's grace, and a large team of talented surgeons, doctors and nurses, I survived a 10 hour aortic surgery, and was diagnosed with Malignant Hypertension (severe high blood pressure).  With the research done in vascular surgery, the advances in technology for quicker diagnosis, and the advances in blood pressure medicines available, they were able to miraculously save my life. 

I had a history of high blood pressure, but quit taking medicine thinking I could control it with diet and exercise.  If there is one thing I would stress the most through this venue is that it is extremely important to check your blood pressure, and follow your doctors orders about medication and treatment.  As it stands today (2 years later), my aorta has started to go back down to normal size due to the advances in blood pressure medicine, and I am back to walking 3-5 miles, exercising, and excited every day to be alive to see my daughters.