Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others

Welcome to the Aortic Aneurysms group on Mayo Clinic Connect.

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the aorta. The aorta begins deep in the heart as it emerges from the powerful left ventricle, gently arching over the heart, descending into the chest, and finally into the abdomen. Some aortic aneurysms can be harmless; others can lead to catastrophic problems. I invite you to follow this group and connect with others, share experiences, exchange useful information, and learn about aortic aneurysms. You can get started right away by clicking the +FOLLOW icon on the group landing page.

I’m Kanaaz (@kanaazpereira), and I’m the moderator of this group. When you join, you’ll also likely be welcomed by volunteer patient Mentors and fellow members. Learn more about Moderators and Mentors on Connect.

We’ve got some great conversations going on right now that I think you’ll like. Grab a cup of tea, or beverage of your choice, and lets chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

@degarden_girl

Hi Sonyaparish69, I think you might ask your cardio MD if this was an accidental discovery as I have an ascending aortic aneurysm and I do not have any pain and mine is about the same size of yours. My concern is that the source of your pain is still undiagnosed. Just a good topic for discussion with your MD. I am not a medical professional so can't really say much other than to suggest you check it out with your cardio to assure your symptoms are not from another issue.

Jump to this post

I also thought the same thing. I will be seeing a cardiologist.

REPLY
@sonyaparish69

I also thought the same thing. I will be seeing a cardiologist.

Jump to this post

Your symptoms are those often associated with cardiovascular disease. Don't delay making your appointment and when you call, detail your symptoms so the office will try to get you in ASAP. If you experience chest pain, I suggest calling 911. Better to be safe than sorry.

REPLY

I will thank you

REPLY

Hi, I have AAA Aneurysm at 4.7 cm, it has quickly grown since Dec scan from 4.2. I am very worried and have appointment at Baylor on March 17th 2020…because its growing quick do you think Dr will do surgery?

REPLY

Good Morning, as a new participant I wanted to share one experience I had with my AAA. I was scheduled for surgery this coming Thursday based upon a CT from a few months ago showing I was at a 5.0. I decided to have an MRI performed as I was told it was a little more accurate. The results were a 4.9 and while not much different, it did provide support from my cardiologist and surgeon to delay the surgery and instead set me for another MRI in 6 months. So, I went from surgery this week to a much more desirable ski trip and ability to not only ski this year, but hopefully a few more enjoyable events over the next year+

REPLY
@lynetteirizarry

Hi, I have AAA Aneurysm at 4.7 cm, it has quickly grown since Dec scan from 4.2. I am very worried and have appointment at Baylor on March 17th 2020…because its growing quick do you think Dr will do surgery?

Jump to this post

Take it from the worst at staying calm…but try and stay calm. I’m sure they will do another echo, CT scan or MRI and measure it again. I’ve had 2 echos and an MRI since November because of different measurements. Hopefully, they will find it hasn’t grown that much and is more stable. I know the worry that you are feeling very well and I deal with it every day. I just try and remember how blessed I am that I know about it and I’m able to see a doctor and do something about it one day. My prayers and best wishes for you with your upcoming appointment.

REPLY
@lynetteirizarry

Hi, I have AAA Aneurysm at 4.7 cm, it has quickly grown since Dec scan from 4.2. I am very worried and have appointment at Baylor on March 17th 2020…because its growing quick do you think Dr will do surgery?

Jump to this post

Hello,
They operated on mine and it was about the same size and growing like yours. I don't know your age and any risk factors you may have that would create complications or delays in getting the surgery done. If they want to operate, do it. Make sure you are healthy for the surgery. Take care of yourself.

Bruce
Texas

REPLY
@sonyaparish69

Sonya I was diagnosed with 4.2 thoratic ascending anuerysm. I was inquiring if any one else has. had any symptoms. This is how they discovered it. I have chest pain, between the shoulder blades, dizziness and left arm pain. I realize this is a small anuerysm.

Jump to this post

Hi Sonya. I don't see where it says that you have seen a cardiologist, but you should.

Everyone has different symptoms, but you certainly can have horrific pain between the shoulder blades if you have a sudden bulge in the wall instead of just a progressive slow growth of the aorta. I did and I had sudden visual brown out. I use this term because I didn't pass out.

REPLY
@lynetteirizarry

Hi, I have AAA Aneurysm at 4.7 cm, it has quickly grown since Dec scan from 4.2. I am very worried and have appointment at Baylor on March 17th 2020…because its growing quick do you think Dr will do surgery?

Jump to this post

Hi Lynette,

Firstly, let me say that I am not a doctor or work in the medical field in any way. Due to an uderlying medical condition, I do have a lot of personal experience. That is a fairly quick progression, but as for size, you still have some room.

Do you have a job that requires lifting, do you work out rigorously? Those are things that you should not do. I always tell people with an active aneurysm not to lift anything that weighs more than a gallon of milk.

One other question. Did these measurements both come from CT or MRI scan? If so, what prompted the second scan so quickly?

REPLY
@sonyaparish69

Sonya I was diagnosed with 4.2 thoratic ascending anuerysm. I was inquiring if any one else has. had any symptoms. This is how they discovered it. I have chest pain, between the shoulder blades, dizziness and left arm pain. I realize this is a small anuerysm.

Jump to this post

Mine is the same size and in the same place, and I was asymptomatic (found it during a normal chest ultrasound with a cardiologist – heart disease is in my family). How's your blood pressure? At least the dizziness could be attributable to that. Mine was somewhat high (around 140-150/85-90),but I started on olmesartan and it's regular now, and the dizziness seems to have gone away (and my 6-month MRA showed no growth over the initial CT scan last year)

REPLY
@perkman66

Hello,
I am 62 years old male 6'1" 200lbs. I was recently given a CT scan to check my lungs. Former light smoker, quit 10 years ago. Lungs okay but found borderline dilated ascending aorta of 4.0cm on CT scan results.
I get conflicting info. I was told 4.0cm is high normal for my age. I have normal bp and work out 5 days a week, running and light weight training.
Should I get a thoracic surgeon now? Is my 4.0cm dilation in normal range?
Anybody know excellent thoracic surgeon in Phoenix area. Mayo clinic local but don't
seem to see much for local surgeons.
Is Tevar procedure technology at level it can be used instead of OHS.
Sorry for the long post. Thank you for letting me join the forum.

Jump to this post

Hi, I have a 4.5 AAA and am 75 years old. I've been researching doctors at the Cleveland Clinic as well as Mayo in Scottsdale. I live in Phoenix as well. My cardiologist is with HonorHealth but if and when I need some attention other than watch and see, I will be going to Mayo. June

REPLY
@twojunes2

Hi, I have a 4.5 AAA and am 75 years old. I've been researching doctors at the Cleveland Clinic as well as Mayo in Scottsdale. I live in Phoenix as well. My cardiologist is with HonorHealth but if and when I need some attention other than watch and see, I will be going to Mayo. June

Jump to this post

Please state what doctor you recommend as Mayo Phoenix is my first choice. I live in Tucson.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.