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Thu, Jul 23 12:56pm · Nuclear stress test and ascending thoracic aneurysm 4.8 cm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi, I had this particular test done 6 years ago and I'm here to tell the story. Don't worry, you're going to be ok!

Thu, May 7 1:26pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Great post, Amanda, he's on his way now ….

Thu, May 7 10:42am · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

I was moved by your story and I sincerely hope the medication issues are resolved soon. If I were you I would contact a cardiologist at Mayo or contact a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. These are the best in the country and I'm fairly confident you will be able to get help. You will need to Google the numbers.

Sat, Apr 18 5:32pm · Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Surgery postponed due to COVID-19, scared! in Aortic Aneurysms

In addition to meditation and relaxation exercises, I'd like to point out the fact that the experts in this field are not rushing to operate until it reaches 6/6.5 to me indicates you are still not at risk. Also, being a patient in a hospital undergoing open heart surgery when the hospital is inundated with coronavirus patients, for which there is no cure presently, sounds like you are not only being protected from a horrific disease, but also have a good amount of time before your operation might be necessary. Personally, the last place I'd want to be now would be a hospital!

Fri, Apr 17 7:10pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

WIth heart issues, we can't eat like that anymore!!!!

Fri, Apr 17 7:09pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

I think your body may be trying to tell you something. Try a better, healthier diet.

Wed, Mar 4 7:52pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Yes, getting checked is a good idea for sure. I have a 4.5 ascending thoracic aneurysm and my cardiologist didn't ring any alarm bells. I had an ECHO in May and he said come back in a year for another one. Having done a lot of research on the topic, I responded with the fact that other individuals in the 4.5 range were having their aneurysms monitored every six months. He said we'd discuss it when I came back in six months. I see him in May 2020. Worrying about it will only stress you out and prevent you from enjoying life. When I don't dwell on it and imagine how much time I have left to live and will I be in pain if it ruptures and for how long and will I be going to heaven or hell (I don't really believe in a "hell"), then I stop and say to myself there is nothing for me to do but surrender to the inevitable. That inevitable is for everyone, including me! Live your life to the fullest and cultivate a philosophy which embraces life — not just physical existence, but spiritual existence as well. I feel fortunate that I know I have this and it could remain stable for years and years to come and so can yours. Take your blood pressure medication and do what your doctors tell you to do.

Tue, Mar 3 10:50pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

I can't honestly recommend any person I haven't met and discussed my situation with. What I've done thus far was Google thoracic aortic aneurysm surgeons at the Mayo clinic in Scottsdale. The search results indicated a number of them. As I said in my earlier post, that if and when the time appears that I need to be more proactive about this, then I will ask my cardiologist for a referral and, at the same time show him my compiled list of Mayo surgeons and ask if he knows any of them. Based on personal reviews of the doctor's by other patients, I will make my choice, if my cardiologist is not familiar with anyone on the list. I hope this helps and know that this message board has some really good advice and encouragement.