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Tue, Sep 3 11:27am · Ascending Aortic Aneurysm and Exercise in Aortic Aneurysms

Re:excercise
I just biked 22miles, and at times my 74 yr old male friend (I’m 65) and I were at 19 mph. I often bike, but it doesn’t do much for osteoporosis, so I also walk a mile a day, up hills. I also swim some on summer. I have a 3.9 AAA by ct scan. I have BP problem. Often 148/95 when I wake- then I take pill of 10.mg. (beta blocker , I believe) and it gets down to 130-120 over 90. I think it’s congenital. But I exacerbate by drinking alcohol at night esp. in summer as I’m social with friends and enjoy up to three beers. I know I should stop that but I cut out my salt and I eat plenty of vegetables less red meat lots of beet juice etc. micro greens etc. my weight is the same as in high school 120 pounds. I’m trying to keep my cardiovascular strength. The the pump that is the heart is well tuned, Even if the tube exiting isn’t the best.

Fri, Jul 12 4:29pm · Ascending aortic aneurysm repair/aortic valve replacement after 70 in Aortic Aneurysms

The surgeon is around 40 something, has done about 20 surgeries . Mine is not bicuspid.maybe in 10 years he’ll be even more expert, if he’s affiliated there any more.

Fri, Jul 12 7:47am · Ascending aortic aneurysm repair/aortic valve replacement after 70 in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello, you are brave and I admire you! I am 65, with a smaller 3.9 to 4.0 AAA. I have some questions now about planning. If it grows in diameter, how do I choose a Mayo surgeon, and are the hospitals they affiliate with necessarily Mayo hospitals? My current doctor is part of an excellent Brown University group , operating out of RI hospital. Shouldn’t the hospital be located where you live in order for you to commute easily and also in case there is an emergency? Of course we may be talking years and decades from now, hopefully. There’s no saying the doctor I have chosen is even going to be remain at that hospital when I need him .I’d like to know more about how all of this works.

Sun, Jun 23 7:46am · Ascending aorta dilation in Aortic Aneurysms

I’ll say aging is surely an adjustment! I still hold out hope that my aneurism at the root will remain stable.

Fri, Jun 21 6:25pm · Ascending aorta dilation in Aortic Aneurysms

I just found out my favorite local musician is going in for open-heart on an AA. And his friend, on Facebook mentioned that he had just had the surgery too. So I started messaging that friend and found out that they discovered his because he had a heart murmur. It was immediately scanned and scanned again so six months later and they decided they needed emergency operation for him because it grew so fast !They told him that he would not live six months more with it! But he is very lucky they discovered him at the point he was already at! And he’s fine now, better than ever. He did mention something about ask the doctor if you can “preserve the aorta”:By that he means keep your old aorta and not replace with a pig tissue. Apparently those grafts have to be replaced in 18 years.

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

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

Tue, May 28 10:24pm · Ascending Arota at 3.7 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.

Tue, May 21 9:04am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

I think the best thing is to start with Quigong meditation movements as a base from which to work. You need to feed your batteries to restore the balance. The slow movements, with breathing , will take a little while to build the foundation of strength you need. Walk a little, flexing your arms. Be gentle and allow yourself space. I believe as you practice for a month, you will find you have the energy to walk a bit further, and before you know it, you will be on a treadmill, or walking for a mile. The point is, to realize you have to listen to your body, and do not feel stressed.