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Fri, May 8 11:09am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

That must be so frustrating. I’m frustrated just reading your post! I’m not at any progression with my AA to be able to help with these post op medications.i do know all meds have side effects and some people are unfortunately those that are in the statistics for these. You are so active and that is something very positive and in your favor. Please know that we are all here with AA and will be ,hopefully , a support . Good luck to you. Never Quit, keep positive!

Sat, Mar 7 9:24am · Abdominal aortic aneurysm – surgery in Aortic Aneurysms

I think it grows, (dialates) because the wall of the aorta becomes stretched and compromised perhaps because of factors that are different for each person. An illness that affects the heart specifically, likeRheumatic fever(from severe “scarlet fever“), Marfans Syndrome( inherited disorder), or some kind of weakness in collagen.. these are the things that add to the blood getting in between the layers of the wall. The blood causes a bulge which can be measured. From what info I have gathered, at a certain “dilation” there is less blood flow to be distributed to the major organs. There can be coughing because there’s pressure on the esophagus. There can be shortness of breath. A person can get by with these early stages, and not seem to experience great difficulty unless they are a very good athlete. But it is a silent condition, therefore, a potential deadly one, and must be monitored as we become aware of it. It is good in that sometimes a happenstance shows the condition, like you are getting tested for other things such as lower abdomen scan or chest X-ray .

Sat, Mar 7 9:01am · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

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Sat, Mar 7 8:50am · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

I hope you made it to Costa Rica! I empathize with you! We all are in the same crazy boat! I think it is because the risk of surgery has its percentages, and the percentage of yours bursting at your level- perhaps it’s less percentage than surgery? I don’t know.I am now on Medicare with an advantage plan . Perhaps you should look into what Mayo can do for you. It’s sinful that we must turn to go fund me on Facebook or something or other for our survival.

Sat, Mar 7 8:36am · Ascending aortic aneurysm – repair/surgery in Aortic Aneurysms

I hope you are still at 4.7. I am 66 and am about to get the second scan, this time by CT. The first was echo. It was essentially a 4.0 (Doc thought it could be 3.8 or 3.9). I will continue to follow you, as I am similar of body and age. My bp is not as good as yours, I take amlodipine at 10mg.

Sat, Feb 8 8:37am · Am I at a big risk for having an Aortic Aneurysm? in Aortic Aneurysms

How do I get the ACTA2 test. I have an aneurysm but want to know if it’s genetic, and if my daughters should be concerned.

Fri, Jan 24 9:10pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

That’s fair and good advice ! Just wanted you to know . Every now and then I check this site and sorta follow certain posters.

Fri, Jan 24 9:09pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

It is my understanding that the CT scan is the most accurate one