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2 days ago · Ascending aortic aneurysm – repair/surgery in Aortic Aneurysms

I was age 72 when I had the surgery in May 2016. I have had no problems whatsoever and live as I did before the surgery. After 4 weeks, I started rehab which went very well. Since then, I am able to do anything I want to do. Good luck to you! The surgery is scary but easier than you think. There’s only about 5 days of discomfort and that is well handled with some painmeds ut mostly Tylenol.

2 days ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

I had the open surgery at Mayo at age 72 and while I was scared, everythng worked out very well. Went home after 8 nights and did very well. I was in the hospital a bit longer than most because my oxygen levels dropped at night. Had oxygen at home at night which was very easy to do for about a week.
I could do most anything after two weeks but didn’t exercise until four weeks after the surgery. At that time, I was enrolled in cardiac rehab and had no problems. Try not to worry as there are good answers in the medical community should your aneurysm grow. Best to you.

2 days ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Please don’t worry too much. Mayo’s heart and vascular doctors are the very best. I had a large aneurysm and even before I finished the tests like yours, I was scheduled for surgery. Not only are the surgeons so very skilled, they are also extremely kind and caring. I had no problems and the recovery was not nearly as painful or as bad as I thought it would be. Take care and good luck to you. You are in wonderful hands!

Sat, Jan 18 9:55am · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

So glad you are going to Mayo. Am sure that the docs there will refer you to a cardiologist based on your previous tests. As I understand it, Mayo does not do surgery until the aneurysm is around 5, I believe. I had one much larger than that and had open heart surgery in Rochester. Your aneurism is still small. You might want to take your test results/ films with you to Mayo or call and ask them how to fax them to the right department. That’s what I did.
In the meantime, try not to worry. Mayo will advise you correctly. The best of luck to you. Hope to hear from you after your Mayo appointment. Carol

Dec 17, 2019 · Am I at a big risk for having an Aortic Aneurysm? in Aortic Aneurysms

I understand that aortic aneurysms can run in families. If I were you, I would ask a doctor about a test to determine whether or not you have one. If your mother and your aunt still have theirs, they are probably small enough to watch rather than surgical repair. It’s a watch and wait situation but a borderline MRA or whatever the doctor recommends would at least let you know whether or not you need to watch and wait.

Dec 13, 2019 · Nighttime anxiety after quadruple bypass. in Heart & Blood Health

I did not have the anxiety as my tests and surgery were all done within a week and I had no time to think. Still now is the time to be good to yourself, take it easy, meditation and yoga may help. Put yourself first for a change. Take care and best of luck and happiness to you!

Dec 8, 2019 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

It was done in Rochester, MN. I was very happy with the after treatment there.