Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Posted by jbsb93 @jbsb93, Jul 28, 2011

‘I was born with a hole in my heart and have had 2 surgeries. One to fix hole and the other a valve replacement. I’ve been recently told the I have a thoracic aneurysm and possibly will need more surgery.. Anyone gone th ru this before?’?

Good luck to you. Mayo will take good care of you. They make it less scary as they are so very good at what they do. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Thank you! I hope my insurance will let me go there. I will be checking today of tomorrow.

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@lynnw

Good luck to you. Mayo will take good care of you. They make it less scary as they are so very good at what they do. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Thank you so very much. It is so comforting to know that you are out there. Please contact me any time also Lynn.

Deby

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Hi: I usually only read and follow everyone here. But now have some questions. Along with A-fib I have a mild leak in my left Ventricle, and a thoracic aortic aneurysm of 4.3. It has been stable at that size for 7 or so years. I can feel myself going down hill and keep asking my Drs about exercise with these conditions. I get winded quickly and fatigued. Both my primary and Cardiologist have said that it doesn't matter if I do or don't. So, I don't want to allow my heart to get flabby and soft. Can I do something to at least keep my heart as strong as it is, or do I risk making it worse, or will it get worse in spite of what I do. Any one out there that has any advise. I take 3. Warferin, 12.5 Metoprolol and 120 NP thyroid.
Your expertise and experience would be very helpful. Thank you

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With your MD's approval, walking is a very significant exercise. To start, find a walking area that is on the flat and without distractions. Just walk for 15 or 20 minutes at the fastest speed you can without becoming winded. Gradually increase your time/distance. Good luck!

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My insurance has been fine about me going there also.

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My doctors have all told me that exercise is important. You should just not do anything that raises your heart rate quickly or lift heavy weights. It is important to stay in as good of shape as you can. Walking is a good exercise that fits the description.

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@degarden_girl

With your MD's approval, walking is a very significant exercise. To start, find a walking area that is on the flat and without distractions. Just walk for 15 or 20 minutes at the fastest speed you can without becoming winded. Gradually increase your time/distance. Good luck!

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Thank you.

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@lynnw

My doctors have all told me that exercise is important. You should just not do anything that raises your heart rate quickly or lift heavy weights. It is important to stay in as good of shape as you can. Walking is a good exercise that fits the description.

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Ok, so slow and steady. thank you.

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Can I ask for advise on coping – throughout the day I keep thinking and stressing about it and want to stop . Thank you !

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@Drew944

Can I ask for advise on coping – throughout the day I keep thinking and stressing about it and want to stop . Thank you !

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Hello Drew
I have a celiac artery aneurysm but the fear is real. I too have trouble letting go of this fear. I am waiting for follow up Ct but I wonder everyday how I would know if it’s growing and could it rupture. I wish I had words of comfort for you but I guess we have to have trust in the medical experts. I wish you peace of mind as Iwork on it also

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@janet26

Hello Drew
I have a celiac artery aneurysm but the fear is real. I too have trouble letting go of this fear. I am waiting for follow up Ct but I wonder everyday how I would know if it’s growing and could it rupture. I wish I had words of comfort for you but I guess we have to have trust in the medical experts. I wish you peace of mind as Iwork on it also

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Thank you Janet , yes left to have to trust experts – advised too small to take action and may or may not need too keeping blood pressure as is which is low. Exactly like you said – in between monitoring can it grow they say unlikely as gradual. Have to be calm and not move to fast which is hard to do in life. I’m under 50 and like to go fast and have 2 baby girls to run with. Don’t know how this happened but all we can do is trust and pray I guess.

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @ernestine, and thanks so much for sharing. Since you mentioned you have COPD, I thought you might be interested in scrolling through discussions in the Lung Health group, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-conditions/ on Connect.

@ernestine, may I ask if your doctor is comfortable with your decision of not having any surgery? How are you managing the aneurysm? We sincerely look forward to getting to know you.

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I have had two large aneurysms for 10 years…..no symptoms no problems.

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For dental procedures like deep cleaning or even root canal was told no antibiotics needed , is that same as you all ? Thank you

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@Drew944 It is my understanding that the new protocol is to require an antibiotic only if the valve has been replaced. It apparently is not required for a AAA.

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