ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - For one Ville Platte resident, what he thought was just a kidney stone turned out to be something far more serious.
Rapides Regional Medical Center
David Vidrine, 60, was experiencing pain in his back at work in March. That pain later spread to his stomach and down to his groin.
Vidrine put off visiting the doctor until he couldn't bare the pain anymore. He rushed himself to the emergency room where he was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Doctors ran a CAT scan immediately and discovered he had a ruptured aortic aneurysm.
"At work I would go get water and the pain would go away. It wouldn't quit hurting and then it got to my stomach. It was pretty bad, so I told my wife I wanted to go to the emergency room," said Vidrine.
Vidrine was hospitalized at Rapides Regional for nearly two weeks until he was sent home.
His surgeon, said in many cases like Vidrine's, people often overlook symptoms of an aneurysm which could be fatal, and Vidrine is "lucky to be alive right now."
"His aneurysm started leaking," Dr. T. Mack Granger said about his former patient's condition. "Some of the surrounding tissues were kind of holding it in place but those tissues were pretty thin. He had about a 99-percent chance of dying," Granger also said.
Aside from factors you can control like smoking and monitoring your blood pressure, Granger says factors you can't control are also critical.
Regular screenings are important for those who have a family history of sudden death or ruptured aneurysms.