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Dec 11, 2018 · when do i make an appointment at mayo? in Aortic Aneurysms

Amen on the Alcohol thing. A glass of wine every now an then, that's it. Dropping alcohol for me was a big boost in maintaining weight which helps with my meds staying effective. I've never smoked which is good. As heart patients(All of us here), laying off alcohol and smoking is really beneficial. Takes time to change your lifestyle, but do it.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Dec 9, 2018 · when do i make an appointment at mayo? in Aortic Aneurysms

The continued tests will determine at what rate it is increasing(If it is). Maybe you will be lucky and it is static and not increasing. My aneurysm had formed a seperate bladder by stretching the artery wall and had essentially a chamber full or blood with a very thin wall. It had to be operated on very soon after being discovered. Your situation appears to be different. You probably want to get a second opinion with this "Thing" in your chest. Mayo would be a good place if you are close to one of their locations.

All the best to you.

Bruce
Texas

Dec 4, 2018 · Six Month Post Aortic Heart Valve: All is Great in Heart & Blood Health

Sorry I couldn't participate. Had my INR checkup in Austin at exactly this time! My luck. And no, I was out of range. Too thin this time, 2.3 INR. I have been having some difficulty staying in the 1.5-2.0 INR range. Prior test 2 weeks ago, too thick @ 1.4 INR.

All the best.
Bruce

Nov 9, 2018 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Good to hear you are home and healing from the surgery. Home in 6 days is real good! It took 3 months for my thinners to get in range. I also take the 5 mg of Warfarin like you, but on 2 days(Sunday & Wednesday) I take 7.5. Keeps me in range. I think it takes time for your body to be used to the thinners being there. It's funny you mentioned hearing your valve when your heart beats. I didn't hear mine until I got home from the hospital. Probably too loud of an environment at the hospital to hear it. Get your heart rate stabilized and do the cardiac rehab. It will help your body fully recover.
We are all rooting for you.

All the best to you!
Bruce
Texas

Sep 23, 2018 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
You are relatively young which will help you recover quicker. This is really key. Had my Aortic Aneurysm repaired at age 39. I had no symptoms. They found it when doing a routine chest x-ray for an annual physical. Mine was about the same size as yours when I was operated on. It was growing at a rate of 2.0 cm per year. I had a prior heart surgery(at age 13) so there were some scar tissue complications but you won't have that if this is your first (Lets hope only) chest opening. When they read my x-rays I felt it was unusual they were sending me straight to a Surgeon instead of a Cardiologist(I didn't have a Cardiologist at the time). But there isn't much the Cardiologist could have done. I was really needing a Surgeon. I understand now why this was done. Get yourself a Cardiologist you will need them to check in on you after surgery. Otherwise the Hospital will probably assign one to you while you are in the hospital. Which is OK too. But you probably want to pick one yourself. Mine came a few times when I had Aortic Valve Surgery(Yup, my third surgery) this past January. Made the difference and I was out in 5 days. Hope some of this helps. You are fortunate to be in the younger age bracket as the surgery is very invasive and tough on the body(I know, I've had it twice). I'll be looking for your posts over time and would like to know how well you recover from the procedure. Keep your chin up.

All the best to you.

Bruce
Texas

Sep 22, 2018 · Six Month Post Aortic Heart Valve: All is Great in Heart & Blood Health

Hello,
No Afib issues. All issues were minor. No appetite, cold arms, etc. Was in the hospital for 5 days. I've had the side chest opening 2X before this front sternum opening, and the front procedure was 1/10th the pain and discomfort. I was expecting more pain and discomfort, but it just didn't happen. I didn't take any pain meds after I left the hospital, so what ever side effects those may cause were negated.

Bruce
Texas

Sep 21, 2018 · very high calcium score. in Heart & Blood Health

Hello,
I've had 3 heart surgeries. I'm 53 years old this year. The bad calcium score was 10 years after the 2nd(Aortic Aneurysm). After the Heart Saver CT Bad Calcium Score the Cath Lab result was Arteries look good, calcium in the walls, but the Aortic Valve is leaking very bad. Aortic was replaced this past January. I posted a 6 month update in the Heart Section of this forum.
I take thinners for the mechanical valve. Been taking statins since ~2002 or so. I also avoid greasy food, don't eat pork at all and only cook with olive oil/avocado oil. Some folks that take statins rely on the medicine and eat really bad stuff. I try to make it easy on myself and control what is coming in. I have no side effects from taking statins. Nothing at all.

Hope this helps.

Bruce
Texas

Sep 21, 2018 · very high calcium score. in Heart & Blood Health

Hello,
My Calcium Score was real bad some years ago like yours. I was in the Cath Lab in short time. The calcium was in the walls of the arteries, just like you. I had other problems to take care of with the heart, but at least this was not one of them. Maybe in the future they will develop a test to rule out our situations so the fire bell isn't rung. I wonder how often this happens?

Bruce
Texas