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Sun, Jun 23 12:16pm · Ascending aorta dialation in Aortic Aneurysms

@hopeful33250 I wish you well with that floppy valve and aneurysm. But aren't we fortunate that there are surgical interventions with a proven success rate so although it isn't what we prefer, it sure is better than the alternative.

Sun, Jun 23 7:27am · Ascending aorta dialation in Aortic Aneurysms

@hopeful33250 Oh, that is good news! My aortic valve is "floppy" and I suspect, if I need surgical repair of the aneurysm, the valve will be replaced at the same time. I am happy to know that such repair may not necessarily require a regimen of blood thinners afterwards. This "aging business" is not easy.

Sat, Jun 22 10:30am · Ascending aorta dialation in Aortic Aneurysms

And I believe having the aortic valve replaced means being on a blood thinner for the rest of one's life so yes, preserve the aortic valve if at all possible. Being on a blood thinner just makes life all the more complicated.

Wed, Jun 19 3:01pm · Ascending aorta dialation in Aortic Aneurysms

@latrisha @rory The measurements for the CT scan of the aorta and the echocardiogram of the aorta are not done the same way. One is measured on the bias and the other is measured straight across. So you can't compare the two measurements from different tests as they won't be identical. I believe the CT scan is the more accurate test but it carries a lot of radiation. Most cardios will follow an aneurysm through echocardiograms which have no radiation. Rory, I am guessing your cardio is suggesting an echo in 6 months so he/she can determine the stability of the aneurysm. Latrisha, it looks like you got very good news and may not have an aneurysm at all.

Mon, Jun 17 8:11pm · New Diagnosis - ascending aorta aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

@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.

Thu, Jun 13 9:56am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

@abster93 @twojunes2 It is my understanding that an aneurysm will not shrink or disappear. All we can do is follow a healthy lifestyle to do all we can to keep it from growing. An ECHO every 6 months might reassure us that the aneurysm is stable but a CT should be limited to perhaps every three years unless your cardio determines there is reason for it to be done more often. A CT carries a lot of radiation. An ECHO carries no radiation.

BTW, in addition to the open chest repair of an aneurysm there is also a less invasive procedure to install a stent should the aneurysm grow large and the patient is not thought to be a good candidate for the open chest surgery.

We all need to remember that in most cases, the aneurysm is a slowly growing issue. It will likely be years before surgery is needed or considered. In the meantime we need to keep our blood pressure low, our lifting limited to low weights, include lots of fiber in our diets for the obvious reason, exercise with your cardio's OK and keep saturated fats low. It's all we can do and there is just no sense worrying about something we can't change.

Have a great day ladies.

Donna

Thu, Jun 13 6:29am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

@GratefulEveryDay Hi Janet, You surely do have a lot of stuff on your plate. I can only comment on the ascending aortic aneurysm as I am unfamiliar with others. But what I know about the ascending aortic aneurysm is that the measure of 3.9 is good news. That is quite small and I am sure your cardio is keeping track of the growth rate. So maybe that is one issue you can decide to not worry about at the moment, just do watchful waiting. Your next ECHO will give you the info you need about how stable this aneurysm is.

I wish you good luck. It sounds like your MD's are being proactive with testing and watching the issues. Let them do the worrying and you continue to enjoy your life while following their instructions about controlling blood pressure and sticking with less strenuous activities.

Best wishes,
Donna

Thu, Jun 13 6:16am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi @twojunes2 , Sounds like it was a lucky thing that you tripped and then had the good sense to go to the ER to be checked out.

Don't panic about the different readings of the size of the aneurysm. The CT measures straight across and the ECHO measures on a diagonal so will always show a higher number.

What is important is to determine how fast the aneurysm is growing. It may be very stable, especially now that you are on the Losartan. But your next ECHO will give you and your cardio the information needed on growth rate. Mine has been at 4 or 4.1 for many years, very stable. I get an ECHO every 6 months to assure it is remaining stable. Also good to remember is that different technicians can measure slightly differently. So your ECHO reading might be slightly smaller or slightly larger next time but without any actual change in the size.

For me, I hope to never need the surgery but if I do, so be it. Aren't we lucky that medical science has advanced to the extent that such a surgery is possible?

So, my best advice to you is to not worry obsessively about this. Your aneurysm is still quite small and unless it is growing rapidly, you have many healthy years ahead.

Best wishes,
Donna