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52 minutes ago · my anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@danybegood1 Hi Dany:
It has been some time since you last posted on Connect. I hope you are doing well. I'd love to hear from you again.

54 minutes ago · dissociative identity disorder (DID): anyone with this diagnosis? in Mental Health

Hello @ihatediabetes,

It has been a while since you last posted on Connect. I hope you are doing well. Will you post again when convenient? I'd love to hear from you.

1 hour ago · Sciatica in Chronic Pain

Hi @liz223

It has been a while since you last posted. How are you doing? I hope your visit with the neurosurgeon when well and provided you with some answers.

Will you post again?

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

@dixitworld

I would first like to welcome you to Mayo Connect and to thank you for posting about your health concern regarding an aortic valve problem.

I understand your concerns, I have an aortic valve (with aortic insufficiency) that some doctors think need replacing, but not all. I could only wish for a concise decision from two doctors so that I could have some confidence on making an informed decision and going forward.

In thinking about your situation I'm wondering how this change in your EF (which you state is now 50) is affecting your symptoms. How are you feeling? What type of symptoms are you having? Has your energy level, ability to exercise, changed since your EF has dropped to 50?

I have one cardiologist who says "we treat the patient, not the report." Which basically refers to treating the symptoms the patient is having (in my case I have a hard time exercising without a lot of fatigue, however, my EF is still at 60). While I have a leakage of the aortic valve, I also have some loss of functioning with the heart muscle which results in more fatigue, especially upon exercise.

Perhaps thinking about your symptoms can help you move forward. Also, a third opinion in a matter like this would certainly not be inappropriate, especially if you seek out a good heart center with an excellent reputation. I'm not sure what geographical area you live in but Mayo has 3 facilities in the U.S. (Minnesota, Florida and Arizona).

I look forward to hearing from you again.

Teresa

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

@cobweb I did not know that about Cipro and aneurysms. Thanks for that information.

On Mayo's website, there are a listing of side effects of Cipro. Here is the link, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ciprofloxacin-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20072288.

I did not see anything about aneurysms.

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

What a wonderful report, @morninglory! I am glad to hear that you were so pleased with your experience at Mayo and that you are doing well.

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

That's wonderful, @maryswims, I'm so pleased for you!

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello @staystable

As you undoubtedly know, at Mayo Connect we cannot answer medical questions, we can just share our experiences, patient-to-patient.
You've asked an interesting question. In your first post, you mentioned that maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important. Lifestyle changes and blood pressure meds are very helpful in controlling blood pressure. How are you doing with that? Do you exercise and follow a dietary plan that promotes healthy blood pressure?

If you care to share more, what is the size of your aneurysm? Have you asked your doctor this question, about how to keep the size of the aneurysm stable? If not, this might be a good first step.

I look forward to hearing how you are doing. Will you post again?