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Sun, Aug 2 3:12pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

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Sun, Aug 2 9:02am · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

I got PAD at 67 and am now 81. My physician didn't know how to treat it, but luckily my daughter is a Cardiology Nurse. She gave me the Treatment Guidelines for PAD. In addition to meds, the recommendations were to stop smoking and get into a structured exercise program. I did all of them and have had no claudication for 13 years. Previously I could only walk a half a brock pain free. Now I can walk 3 miles with no cramps. I hope you can do the same.

Wed, May 6 1:19pm · Ascending thoracic aneurysm: What should I do and not do? in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi Mustang Sally, I am 81 and 13 years ago my aneurysm measured 3.8cm. it is now 4.9cm. Watchful waiting is the best option. There are many things out there that can kill you and me. Don't smoke, get your blood pressure under control, drink moderately or not at all, eat a sensible diet, exercise and enjoy however much of life you have left. See your cardiologist and primary care MD.

Jul 27, 2019 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

It is a shock to discover that you have an aneurysm. I was told I had a 3.8 cm infra renal aneurysm 13 years ago. It is now 5.0 cm and I am 80. I lead an active life with no limitations. With my complicated anatomy, the surgeon wants to wait until it reaches 6.0 cm before repair.
Sometimes they grow slow or not at all and sometimes they grow fast and need to be repaired. The repair has risks as well as benefits and most cardiologists say the the risks outweigh the benefits when the size is under 5.5 cm for men and 5.0 for women, It also depends on the particular anatomy as well as your family history and your life habits. I was a smoker and stopped when I learned I had the aneurysm. In the past 13 years, I have kept my blood pressure low with medications, exercised 5 days a week on a treadmill and monitored the growth yearly and now every 6 months sometimes with ultrasound and now with CT scans.
My advise is to find a cardiologist or cardiac surgeon you trust and discuss what is the best option for you. If you don't like the advise, get a second opinion. Good luck .

Mar 12, 2019 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi, I've been followed for AAA since 2006, with yearly US and occasional CTA's in the Twin Cities. It has grown from 3.5 to 5.2 cm. The AAA was infra-renal until a thoratic one formed and covered the renal arteries. My new cardiologist said that he thought that I would need an open surgery, which I would like to avoid. I saw Dr Oderich at Rochester Mayo last December who advised that he might be able to do an EVAR , but suggested waiting until the maximum size was 6.0 cm. I will get CTA's every 6 months until then.