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Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others

Aortic Aneurysms | Last Active: Jan 10 11:34am | Replies (244)

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@lynnw

Hi I am Lynn. I was diagnosed with a 48 ascending and 39 root aneurysm when trying to find the cause of my heart arrythmias. I am on the wait and watch method right now. I was told it was probably caused by high blood pressure which I have never had but have since found out my son has a 42 ascending so I am now a hereditary one. Am trying to get my other 2 kids screened. Am one year since diagnosis with no change in size, which is good. How long does it take to not have this in my head at all times. My father in law died from this so I know what can happen. I thought with distance I would stop thinking about it but it is always there. Doctor says it may never grow any more. Does that happen very often or are they just trying to keep me from worrying? Research is difficult as you all know since it is tailored to doctors. Feel very alone with this.

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An aneurysm is usually defined as an outer aortic diameter over 3 cm (normal diameter of the aorta is around 2 cm), or more than 50% of normal diameter. If the outer diameter exceeds 5.5 cm, the aneurysm is considered to be large.

There is usually a determined size when something needs to be done. Abdominal over 6cm. The most important thing for you is to have a dr that you trust and try to know that you are being watched by someone in that specialty.

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