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Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

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Good to join this group @jend to help your prepare your questions for your appointment with the cardiologist. @caretothepeople @joem and @cynaburst, what questions would you recommend Jen ask?

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Thanks for the tag @colleenyoung! @jend, it’s great to hear you are being proactive about things, and the shock is understandable – getting a diagnosis can trigger a range of emotions. It sounds like you’re doing a lot to educate yourself and prepare.

Mayo Clinic’s guide to preparing for a thoracic aortic aneurysm appointment may be a great place to start: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm/diagnosis-treatment/preparing-for-appointment/ptc-20122088

They offer some basic questions to ask the doctor including:

What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
What kinds of tests will I need to confirm a thoracic aortic aneurysm?
What treatments are available, and which do you recommend for me?
What’s an appropriate level of physical activity?
Do I need to change my diet?
How often should I be screened for an aneurysm?
Should I tell other family members to be screened for an aneurysm?
I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing me?
Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting for more information?

It may also be helpful to check out these questions suggested by The Texas Heart Institute: http://www.texasheart.org/HIC/HeartDoctor/answer_1410.cfm
And the American Academy of Cardiology: https://www.cardiosmart.org/Heart-Conditions/Aortic-Aneurysm/Questions-to-Ask-Your-Doctor

Best of luck at your appointment…and please keep us all posted.


Thank you so much for all the questions. I will be sure to bring those in. If anyone my age has this, I would love to hear if it impacted their lives. I am a single mom and very active so it is something I want to educate myself on as much as possible! I don’t know if there are any studies that I could get involved with? From what I’ve read this is usually found around age 60 so it is so concerning they found this by accident while looking at a CT of my lungs.