New Diagnosis - ascending aorta aneurysm

Posted by laverne @laverne, Dec 4, 2016

“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?

CT scan with contrast/ Found out in October and was stressed out, but now accepting it. What elese can i do? Hah

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@cobweb

CT scan with contrast/ Found out in October and was stressed out, but now accepting it. What elese can i do? Hah

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I’m accepting it too. We all got k’od, but then, the acceptance. More people through the years of incidental findings will give a baseline for medical tracking. Many people may have this, die of something else. It is not a death sentence. Look on it as lucky to track it, maybe never need an operation. It’s not to be overlooked either, keep blood pressure reigned in, don’t lift crazy. Excercise, eat veggies. Drink water, don’t drink, cause it raises havoc on all systems. Yoga and mindfulness, meditation. Well do great!

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@cobweb

CT scan with contrast/ Found out in October and was stressed out, but now accepting it. What elese can i do? Hah

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@cobweb and @maryswims

I agree! Acceptance is a good way to journey through the bumps in life. Thank you for contributing to Connect in such a meaningful way.

I appreciate the attitudes you both reflect in your posts.

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@hopeful33250

@cobweb and @maryswims

I agree! Acceptance is a good way to journey through the bumps in life. Thank you for contributing to Connect in such a meaningful way.

I appreciate the attitudes you both reflect in your posts.

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It is all good, my friend. We are never alone in the big picture. Keep reaching out to others!

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@cobweb

size is 4.8, aorta, i exercise a lot, do lite lifting in my exercise, monitor my BP, drink very little alcohol, and continue what i have always down , only in moderation, i am 78, feel like 50, and try and watch my weight. Now that spring is here , looking forward to gardening, biking, golf etc. L have talked with 3 Drs and they all say the same. When i first found it i said lets do the operation, but was advised that operations have consequences and just watch it. Having my next scan in may, so hopefully i can continue my summer golf etc.

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I also want to know how your scan goes in May. I’ll have an echo cardio gram soon .

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@maryswims

I also want to know how your scan goes in May. I’ll have an echo cardio gram soon .

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Thank you all a struggle for me too. 48 with 2 babies. 4.4 – can’t think of black robe.

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Sorry or 4.3 and not high BP – incidental

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@Drew944

Sorry or 4.3 and not high BP – incidental

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Remember, there are more people than we know who have this- love fully and they do not know.What you can do with this knowledge is to be grateful! I wonder if men feel weakened for not being able to lift weights?. Check out the amazing” pushing hands “ exercise of Qui Gong- Which is resistance against another person trying to push or attack, ot any force against your body-using your mind! You will be strong without pressing 200lbs! You can still be in toned condition with yoga ,biking, swimming

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@maryswims

I also want to know how your scan goes in May. I’ll have an echo cardio gram soon .

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I had echo first and that is how they found it. No telling how long i had it. I was given cipro as an antibiotic and noticed the feds have said cipro can cause aneurysms.

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@Drew944

Thank you all a struggle for me too. 48 with 2 babies. 4.4 – can’t think of black robe.

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I recognize your concern. I’m 52 with the same condition. Try a multi front approach: lower the bp (cardio exercise, diet etc) and be sure to keep your vessels and body strong with good nutrition. 👍🏼

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@cobweb I did not know that about Cipro and aneurysms. Thanks for that information.

On Mayo's website, there are a listing of side effects of Cipro. Here is the link, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ciprofloxacin-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20072288.

I did not see anything about aneurysms.

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@debbydiane

Diagnosed with BAV and a 5.4cm aortic aneurysm. It was found during treatment for something else. I decided I wanted a second opinion and was referred to Mayo Clinic. In 9 days I will be having a CT Scan, Echo and labs done. Consult with the surgeon will follow. I am very anxious. I've never even had a broken bone or anything serious happen to me.

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Prayers for you! 😊

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I understand your anxiety. I now tell my friends, i know what is chasing me, do you know what is chasing you? I also cut my weights in half, nothing over 25 pounds, met with my surgeon and cardiologist. Now i just relax and pay attention to my body. No use worrying yourself to an early grave. Now if it would only quit raining and allow us to plant.

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I am at 4.8 and 78 and feel good. I could worry a lot but decided i would rather play golf, bike and garden. Better use of my time. I have no control over the other choice.

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@latrisha

I’m in a panic mode right now. I had an edco done two months ago every thing was fine with my heart. But i seen it said enlarged ascending aorta at 3.7?So i ask for a CTA of the chest it came back normal every was fine and my
ascending was 3.3 negative no aneurysm was found. I was wondering which one to
believe is the ct more accurate. Just try she has some one went threw the same thing

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@latrisha I believe the CT is the more accurate measurement of the aorta but I would certainly ask your cardio for his/her opinion. I believe normal size for the ascending aorta is about 2 cms. If yours is measured at 3.3, it might be considered as slightly enlarged. In any case, don't panic about this. Your aorta may be stable at that size and never a serious health issue. I suggest talking to your cardio about the results of your CT and if there is concern. My enlarged aorta has been stable at about 4 cm for years and I suspect I will never need surgical intervention. All that said, do be careful about your blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause an aneurysm to grow. Exercise if your MD approves, and try to get some aerobic exercise every day, even if just for 20 minutes. This will help keep your blood pressure in check.

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