Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

Posted by rory @rory, Apr 2, 2018

I was diagnosed in 2012 with ascending aorta dialation of 4.1 cm. In 2013 no change. Finally went back to dr in 2017 and echo showed 4.3 cm. 2 months later dr made me have a chest scan which read 4.5 cm. which is correct? Echo or scan? Dr wants me to have another in 6 months. Very stressful.

@Drew944

Also heard very important to find best surgeons who do repairs routinely – my research shows Mayo Clinic , cleaveland clinic and cedars Sinai – see others too – local to me but will have to decide when and if the tine comes. Was told may never have to. Hope your friend ends up fully recovering

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I had surgery for ascending aorta aneurysm July 2016 at 78 years old, surgery went fine, recovery went very well and it was done at Mayo in Rochester by Dr. Pochettino. Cannot praise he and his staff enough, competent, caring, the BEST!!. The size was over 5 had been followed for about 3 years.

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@morninglory

I had surgery for ascending aorta aneurysm July 2016 at 78 years old, surgery went fine, recovery went very well and it was done at Mayo in Rochester by Dr. Pochettino. Cannot praise he and his staff enough, competent, caring, the BEST!!. The size was over 5 had been followed for about 3 years.

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Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

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@ch246cf10

Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

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Thanks! That is what I want to hear.

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@morninglory

I had surgery for ascending aorta aneurysm July 2016 at 78 years old, surgery went fine, recovery went very well and it was done at Mayo in Rochester by Dr. Pochettino. Cannot praise he and his staff enough, competent, caring, the BEST!!. The size was over 5 had been followed for about 3 years.

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What a wonderful report, @morninglory! I am glad to hear that you were so pleased with your experience at Mayo and that you are doing well.

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@laverne

“Incidentental finding ” of a 4.2 CM ascending aorta aneurysm on a CT. I am 66 . My Doctor plans f/u CT in March, started me on a 3rd blood pressure pill and cholesterol med to gain better control, told to continue treadmill and free weights at the gym I joined before the diagnosis and said life as usual. Why am I still panicky?? Can this be right?

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Yes, i was found to have one last october and had lots of anxiety. They told me the symptoms and i had none, but after hering them i had them all. Time to relax and monitor it. Mine in 4.8 with open heart at 5.0 so i try to not think about it. Spring will be here and much to take my mind off of it.

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@morninglory

I had surgery for ascending aorta aneurysm July 2016 at 78 years old, surgery went fine, recovery went very well and it was done at Mayo in Rochester by Dr. Pochettino. Cannot praise he and his staff enough, competent, caring, the BEST!!. The size was over 5 had been followed for about 3 years.

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i am also 78 and a 4.8 aorta aneurysm was found in october , size 4.8 . Was told 5.0 is the number to consider surgery. May i ask how long your recovery was so you can get back to normal? I am in good shape and continue to work out so i have finally stopped fretting, controlling the stress and do periodic testing.

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@ch246cf10

Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

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In the front thru the sternum, can barely see scar.

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@cobweb

i am also 78 and a 4.8 aorta aneurysm was found in october , size 4.8 . Was told 5.0 is the number to consider surgery. May i ask how long your recovery was so you can get back to normal? I am in good shape and continue to work out so i have finally stopped fretting, controlling the stress and do periodic testing.

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I really cannot remember how long recovery took, I do remember it was a few weeks before I could walk up stairs at a normal speed. I have never returned to my weight lifting training but that is due to my COPD problems not a result of the surgery. Exercise classes at the Y started about a month or two after surgery. Am told my recovery was quite fast considering my age and it was credited it to my having been in Y classes on a regular basis for the previous years. I give much of the credit to my surgeon and his staff as I had great confidence in them and I do believe that helped me a great deal. I expected nothing but the best result and that is what I got.

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@laverne

“Incidentental finding ” of a 4.2 CM ascending aorta aneurysm on a CT. I am 66 . My Doctor plans f/u CT in March, started me on a 3rd blood pressure pill and cholesterol med to gain better control, told to continue treadmill and free weights at the gym I joined before the diagnosis and said life as usual. Why am I still panicky?? Can this be right?

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I had the open surgery at Mayo at age 72 and while I was scared, everythng worked out very well. Went home after 8 nights and did very well. I was in the hospital a bit longer than most because my oxygen levels dropped at night. Had oxygen at home at night which was very easy to do for about a week.
I could do most anything after two weeks but didn’t exercise until four weeks after the surgery. At that time, I was enrolled in cardiac rehab and had no problems. Try not to worry as there are good answers in the medical community should your aneurysm grow. Best to you.

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@morninglory

In the front thru the sternum, can barely see scar.

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You bounced back quickly and that was a blessing. My last heart surgery was thru the sternum too and it was just 5 days in the hospital and no pain past those 5 days. Just took tylenol. Exercise if you can every day. Do something to stay fit.

I had an aortic aneurysm in 2005 and it was a tough surgery. Opened around the side, not thru the sternum. The doctors that repaired the aneurysm just recently contacted me and advised I need to be regularly screened for more aneurysms. I'm at risk for more. Guess it is a genetic thing. I sent them my scans last month and expect a report back from them in the next week or so. They are a research hospital: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas & Memorial Herman Hospital. Don't miss your checkups.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

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@ch246cf10

You bounced back quickly and that was a blessing. My last heart surgery was thru the sternum too and it was just 5 days in the hospital and no pain past those 5 days. Just took tylenol. Exercise if you can every day. Do something to stay fit.

I had an aortic aneurysm in 2005 and it was a tough surgery. Opened around the side, not thru the sternum. The doctors that repaired the aneurysm just recently contacted me and advised I need to be regularly screened for more aneurysms. I'm at risk for more. Guess it is a genetic thing. I sent them my scans last month and expect a report back from them in the next week or so. They are a research hospital: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas & Memorial Herman Hospital. Don't miss your checkups.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

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I am checked once a year and so far so good. Am in 4 exercise classes per week and plan on staying in them for good. Good luck on your scan reports.

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@laverne

“Incidentental finding ” of a 4.2 CM ascending aorta aneurysm on a CT. I am 66 . My Doctor plans f/u CT in March, started me on a 3rd blood pressure pill and cholesterol med to gain better control, told to continue treadmill and free weights at the gym I joined before the diagnosis and said life as usual. Why am I still panicky?? Can this be right?

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I was being treated for PAC and they found my 4.4 cm dilated ascending aorta in August 2016. Just had another CT scan and it is stable.

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@laverne

“Incidentental finding ” of a 4.2 CM ascending aorta aneurysm on a CT. I am 66 . My Doctor plans f/u CT in March, started me on a 3rd blood pressure pill and cholesterol med to gain better control, told to continue treadmill and free weights at the gym I joined before the diagnosis and said life as usual. Why am I still panicky?? Can this be right?

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I'm glad it is stable!

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@morninglory

I am checked once a year and so far so good. Am in 4 exercise classes per week and plan on staying in them for good. Good luck on your scan reports.

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I just returned from my first visit with the cardio/thoracic surgeon. He gave me good news that my ascending aortic aneurysm is 3.9 and technically not at the 4.0 stage for a true aneurysm. But I will get the echo cardio gram and another CAT scan in a year to see if it is stable. He assured me that there really is only a 3% chance of it rupturing at this level. And of course as the centimeters increase so does the chances. But they still do not do surgery until 6 cm because there is a greater risk of rupture than the surgery. So I am content to just get my yearly screenings and he said there is a great chance that I will never be operated on but you have to be vigilant with your check ups. And not lift over 30 pounds, but continue to do aerobic exercise !

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@laverne

“Incidentental finding ” of a 4.2 CM ascending aorta aneurysm on a CT. I am 66 . My Doctor plans f/u CT in March, started me on a 3rd blood pressure pill and cholesterol med to gain better control, told to continue treadmill and free weights at the gym I joined before the diagnosis and said life as usual. Why am I still panicky?? Can this be right?

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That's wonderful, @maryswims, I'm so pleased for you!

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