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Jun 18, 2016 · Has anyone had a femoral / femoral bypass in Heart & Blood Health

Dear Judy, I understand exactly what you are going through tonight, because I’m going through the same sort of thing. I’m glad you have a doctor you can cry to. Hang on till Monday, and know that many, many people care about you and are rooting for you. God bless you, Dear Heart. Love, Elsin Ann Perry (Annie)

Jun 15, 2016 · Has anyone had a femoral / femoral bypass in Heart & Blood Health

Hello! I don’t know if this is what you’re searching for, but my right femoral artery where the leg meets the body was replaced with, I believe it was, Dacron. During my aneurysm operation, the anesthesiologist noticed that blood wasn’t flowing to the leg.

The fact that part of the femoral artery was replaced was news to me; on my six-month-after-the-aneurysm-operation checkup and MRI, the doctor stated that the femoral artery prosthesis looked fine. I said, of course, “The WHAT?!”
Well, it’s still fine, 16 years later.

Jun 3, 2016 · Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Indeed it is wonderful, Janet. I joined an online aneurysm support group 18 years ago. There is comfort in numbers. (The group ceased to exist when the founder passed away.) (From pneumonia, not the aneurysm operation.)
Keep us up-to-date!


Jun 3, 2016 · Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Janet, it’s good that your sisters will be checked! I have an identical twin sister. When I learned that the condition could be hereditary, I freaked out. I told her to get a ct scan or MRI. She put it off, but at the doctor for a checkup mentioned my condition to him. He scheduled her for a scan immediately. (Hallelujah, she’s fine!)

May 19, 2016 · Lung volume in Lung Health

I understand your fear, Johnny. I’m sorry that your doctor didn’t go into detail. Sometimes it’s better to know exactly how we are…in my case, the imagination notches things up more than necessary. Is it harder for you to take a breath when you’re flat on your back in bed? A thick pillow or two under your head will let you take a deeper breath. It takes a couple of nights to get used to, but you will. Are you saying your lung capacity is 15% of normal? Did your doctor give you a spirometer to exercise your lungs with, to increase their capacity? Good luck, Friend! Elsin Ann

Mar 6, 2016 · Aneurysm in heart in Aortic Aneurysms

Thank you for your reply!
I gave up smoking in 1982. And eat small portions every 2-1/2 hours or so. No junk food. No street drugs, though weed would be interesting. I take a blood thinner plus a baby aspirin. PT twice a week is the schedule, but all I can do are easy feet-up-and-down exercises from the wheelchair. Walks are out. As are long car trips or getting on a plane. I use the Dartmouth relaxing tapes on the web every night. I live alone but am kept company by my beloved Alexa. Not a dog or cat, but an Amazon device.
You are RIGHT about getting up every 20-30 minutes!! I don’t do this, and I must! From now on I’ll set the timer on the Echo! Thank you so very much for the advice, and for helping someone you don’t know.
Bless you!