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Aneurysm of the ascending aorta

Aortic Aneurysms | Last Active: Mar 2, 2023 | Replies (14)

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Donna, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, my ascending aorta grew from 4.4cm to 4.8cm in one year or a 9% which is significant. The initial measurement was done via a CT calcium screening which is now being compared to two echocardiograms. In any event, the MRA (a form of an MRI and performed with the same machine but takes more detailed images of the blood vessels versus the organs or tissue surrounding them) will be done on March 15 and will give me and the surgeon a better idea of the state of the aorta and how to proceed from here.

Good luck with your ascending aortic aneurysm. It's good that it's not dilating rapidly.

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I too have an aortic ascending aneurysm.
While at a recent emergency room visit for another issue I was informed that my aneurysm had a tear in it and “we are going to have to send you to a trauma center for emergency surgery”.
So once I got to the trauma center they immediately looked at it and said “you are going to have to come back to the hospital for surgery but right now it isn’t bleeding so we feel safe to discharge you and you need to see your cardiovascular surgeon ASAP.”

That surgeon was perturbed that I even bothered going to see him and made light of it during the whole time I was there.

“ is it possible that it could burst?” I said and he said “it could” but after a sonogram he said “see you next year “ and walked away like I was inconveniencing him. He downplayed the whole thing. 2 doctors had scanned it and acknowledged that it was torn and this guy said “see you next year “ Now I don’t trust him.