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1 day ago · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

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.

1 day ago · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

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.

Dec 17, 2019 · Am I at a big risk for having an Aortic Aneurysm? in Aortic Aneurysms

If you don't smoke, don't drink much, are within normal weight guidelines and have blood pressure within normal range, you are probably OK. However, I think you are sufficiently concerned about this that you will feel better if you talk to your MD. An echocardiogram (no radiation) will tell your MD if there is anything going on. And if nothing, maybe another one in 10 years, just to assure you that you are not following in a genetic footprint. If your primary MD dismisses your concern, see a cardiologist for a discussion.

Sep 3, 2019 · Ascending Aortic Aneurysm and Exercise in Aortic Aneurysms

@cinnie The measurement of the aneurysm will be different depending on which test — echo or CT. One is measured on the bias and one is measured directly across. Also, different technicians might find different readings on the same test. So, your aneurysm may not be bigger at all.

Sep 3, 2019 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

@ringyou57 Wow, that is great that they did the AVR and felt the aneurysm was too small to repair. So often the valve replacement and the aneurysm are repaired at the same time.

Sep 2, 2019 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

@perkman66 I think you are worrying too much about this aneurysm. (I know, the diagnosis is absolutely shocking!) Don't look for a surgeon but do find a well regarded cardio MD to monitor the size of the aneurysm. The cardio will keep an eye on how fast the aneurysm is growing, if at all, and will advise you if you need to find a surgeon and will probably have some good recommendations as to whom to see. Unless your aneurysm is quite unusual in the rate of growth, you may never need to find a surgeon.

Sep 2, 2019 · AAA surgery in Aortic Aneurysms

@anniejam I don't think how physically fit we are determines who gets an aneurysm. I think genetics play a huge role. It is simply a weakness in the artery wall. It can be triggered by consistently high blood pressure or by smoking or by obesity but not everyone who has high blood pressure or who has smoked or has been obese develops this condition.

We also need to remember that as a population, we are living much longer and medical science can find these abnormalities much more easily than in the past. Before CTs and MRIs, I think the only way to find the aneurysm was by autopsy. We are fortunate to be aware of our diagnosis while we are still kicking and have it monitored and repaired as necessary.

Afib can strike just about anyone, with or without an aneurysm repair. There are medications to treat that and also ablations of the heart muscle that is causing the afib. I wish your friend well.

Sep 2, 2019 · Ascending Aortic Aneurysm and Exercise in Aortic Aneurysms

@anniejam I think you are on the right track, toning your muscles and developing your cardio fitness. But you might wish to give your MD a call just to assure this is OK for your particular health issues. If yes, this sounds like a marvelous way to stay in shape. Over time you will find the 3 lb weight is not so heavy and that you will feel up to walking a bit further. And one of the great things about joining a gym is making new friends.