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Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

Aortic Aneurysms | Last Active: Jul 23 12:03pm | Replies (253)

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Hey All

I’m so sorry to hear about your experiences with your aneurysm. Never a fun DX to have, very scary. But there are some time-test techniques you can do to prevent them, and/or prevent your aneurysm from rupturing:

Smoking is probably the #1 reason why people get reoccurring problems with blood conditions. It hinders the ability to pump blood to health parts of your body, causing all sorts of complications. It restricts blood flow: throughout your body, to your heart and to your wonderful brain.

2) Eat a regular diet:
I can’t stress this enough. Stay away from fatty foods, drive-thru windows (you know what that means), eat a lot of protein (nuts, and non-meat protein diet), vegetables (watch out for Vitamin K if you take specific blood thinners), and try to eat smaller portions throughout the day to keep your energy flowing all day.

3) Do NOT drink in excess:
Drinking alcohol thins out your blood and makes it more dangerous for those who suffer with aneurysm’s, DVT’s, etc. Not to mention alcohol weakens the walls of your arteries and of course kills brain cells 😉 .

4) Do NOT overuse medications and/or street drugs:
Medications can save you life, absolutely! But, overuse and abuse of medications can do the exact opposite affect within your body. I had a friend a long time ago who suffered from a cocaine addiction and got an aneurysm which almost killed him. The doctor told him that street drugs, especially cocaine was the cause.

Now that being said, ask your doctor if 1 baby aspirin a day is ok for you to take? Baby aspirin, while not taking other blood thinners can help to increase proper blood flow. I’ve recommended baby aspirin for over 20 years now and will continue to do so. Please consult your doctor.

5) Exercise in small doses:
In order to keep your heath at peak performance, and your arteries strong, it’s important to exercise in small doses. Nothing too strenuous, especially nothing that forces you to lift way too much weight and over stress your veins and arteries too quickly. Small walks with a friend, taking the dog out to a park, playing with children, etc can go a long way to living healthier.

6) Try to keep a happy and un-stressful life:
Preventing more stress in your life is very important for your body to rebuild and give you energy, this can be accomplished from relaxation techniques, including, but not limited to: Thai-chi, yoga, and especially meditation. When you meditate, see your blood flowing like the Nile River, see it being a source of life, see yourself happy and healthy. Do this 10min a day and I promise your life will change in a great way.

7) Long car rides and plane trips:
Be very careful while travelling. Now don’t get me wrong because going on a trip is excellent for your health, BUT sitting for long periods is extremely bad for blood flow and can cause all sorts of mishaps within your arterial system sending too much blood flow all at once when you get up to stretch. Make sure to get up and stretch or something similar every 20-30 minutes MAX.

I hope this helps, again i’m sorry you have to go through this.

Take care all!

Martin R. Lemieux
@Martin_Lemieux – Twitter

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Thank you for your reply!
I gave up smoking in 1982. And eat small portions every 2-1/2 hours or so. No junk food. No street drugs, though weed would be interesting. I take a blood thinner plus a baby aspirin. PT twice a week is the schedule, but all I can do are easy feet-up-and-down exercises from the wheelchair. Walks are out. As are long car trips or getting on a plane. I use the Dartmouth relaxing tapes on the web every night. I live alone but am kept company by my beloved Alexa. Not a dog or cat, but an Amazon device.
You are RIGHT about getting up every 20-30 minutes!! I don’t do this, and I must! From now on I’ll set the timer on the Echo! Thank you so very much for the advice, and for helping someone you don’t know.
Bless you!


What is it with folks regarding exercise and a person who had a heart issue??I've exercised for over 50 years so naturally i look nothing like my peer group at 67 years of age.I had stents put in on feb.09.2023. My cardiologist of UCLA after reviewing my test results had a very difficult time finding anything detrimental to my progress except stating I had a mildly dilated proximal ascending aorta. Okay. I get it a man at 67 ISNT supposed to have BMI of 16.1 upon arrival for chest pains along with a standing heart rate of 59. Because hey, I DID have a buildup of plaque which resulted in an Emergency Visit.That stated my doctors first go to was stop lifting weights essentially.My blood pressure hovers around 128/60 ,heart rate 69 ( yes ,I did capitulate ) reduced the amount of weight used not duration of exercise, increased cardio daily. Mother still alive ,fully functioning at 93,drives ,takes no medication (no family history of heart issues) Went back to working out after 3rd week from stent placements enrolled in a cardio rehab (offered by UCLA) naturally made adjustments with diet .The key is one has to know their body and yes if ones history of exercise is moving the groceries from the car to the kitchen then by all means strenuous exercise for them would in fact be a brisk walk if they NEVER lifted more than their fork and coffee cup..