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@cheryl66

Lynette,

I'm not sure that I completely understand what you are saying. It has gone from a 5.0 to a 6.5. How do you know it is growing faster? Have you had another scan since it was 5.0? Also, you said because of the virus it has expanded to 6.5. Can you provide more info? For example, how you know it is 6.5 now.

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I think I understand what you are saying now. You think that because of the virus, the Dr. has changed his criteria for surgery.

I truly don't think that is the case. I have a 4.9 and my appointment has been cancelled and delayed since last November. I am not overly concerned. I have been through this several times. 6.5 cm is a fairly common standard for initiating surgery. You would not believe the number of people walking around right now that have a 5cm aorta and don't even know it. They will die of something else before they die from a rupture.

My best advice, and I think I might have said this to you before a couple months ago. Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, do not stain to poop.(sorry folks). If you have to hold your breath to go you shouldn't. Use stool softeners daily if necessary and keep your blood pressure down.

Please let me know if I can help you any further.

Cheryl

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