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Fri, Jan 24 9:45pm · Renal - Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

My husband has just been to the Cleveland Clinic because of the location of his AAA. He had open heart surgery 4 years ago and has CAD. His ejection fraction is 40-45. At the Cleveland Clinic, a research trial has been going on for about 10 years treating AAA that involves placing a stent that is made to the specific patient’s anatomy so that there are openings at the exact point of the kidney, gastric and all arteries involved in that area. After the stent is placed in the aorta, via the femoral artery, then another guide places stents in each of the arteries mentioned above. It takes 3 months for the device (stent or graft) to be made in Australia, two wks to ship to Cleveland Clinic and two wks to schedule the surgery. CC and a site in California are the only two places in the US that do this. However, it is being done routinely in Europe, Canada and Australia. My husband is 83 and may be too high a risk to have the procedure done as he has COPD and some other health issues. His aneurysm is long and measures 7 cm in diameter. The doctor explained to us that the surgery takes 6 hrs, at least 3 days in ICU and several days on the hospital unit until he is strong enough to return to Cincinnati to a rehabilitation facility for however long it takes for nearly complete recovery. There is a 2-7% risk of paralysis from the waist down, heart attack, and stroke, plus others. If he wants to take the risks, he is eligible for the procedure. As far as coping, he is taking it a day at a time but I think he is pretty depressed and fearful of a rupture of the aneurysm. We do pray continually for guidance and peace to accept what will be.

Mar 20, 2012 · Uncomfortable bladder pressure in Kidney & Bladder

Are you a woman and are you menopausal or post-menopausal? If so, you might ask your doctor about using Estrace vaginaly twice a week. I was diagnosed with IC with no relief from bladder spasms or lower abd pain with medication until I visited a Urogynocologist, who prescribed the Estrace. He also suggested a very low dose of Valium when needed, which I never needed after starting the Estrace.

Mar 20, 2012 · Arrhythmia: Does caffeine disrupt normal rhythms? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

The caffine in coffee (chocolate and other sources) can instigate this. I have had this for years and have found that 300mg of Magnesium and 200 mg of CoQ10 have nearly eliminated the PVC’s and PAC’s. See a cardiologist for evaluation and reassurance