Aortic aneurysm:would collagen pills help ?

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My dad has this aortic aneurysm and I am wondering if he should take collagen tablets to possibly help 'strengthen' it and help prevent it bursting. Its less than the 5.5 cm and it has been monitered for 2 years and no significant change so far . He is 80. He wouldnt survive an op. Any advice welcome.

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    where have you heard of this(collagen)? where is it? and glad it has been stable for two years - good sign they wouldn't operate anyway if it was under 5.5 and stable. keep up the good work - nosudden stress (as far as is humanly possible) and keeping blood presurelow. Oats twice a day is very helpful for that.

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    Hi thanks for your reply. I just understand that collagen is in skin and muscles and it is lower as you age so I wondered if taking a supplement of collagen would help strenthen arteries etc and help. Just my thinking.

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    HI Mim66

    I'm glad you Dad is stable, is the aneurysm thoracic or abdominal,  That does make a difference to when they would operate and the risks.

    I have heard of the collagen tablets,  a friend of mine recently had hip replacement surgery and was advised by a fitness instructor to take them, its also found in foods such as Kale and chicken skin, he did say be careful and check the ingredients before buying them.  

    I have a thoracic aneurysm and never really linked the two though,  but yes I can understand where you are coming from as when you get older you loose collagen from your body so things become less elastic, typical example is the skin- hence wrinkles.  

    I would speak to your cardiologist before beginning any new drugs, in the meantime does anyone else have any experience or knowledge regarding collagen?

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      Thanks for your reply. In relation to being careful of ingredients in collagen pills what does your friend mean do you think? I was going to get him some from superdrug they have collagen and coconut tablets from a fish/marine source for £ 10 pounds but other ones are from animal /bovine sources. x

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    Yes like xtine and boyzmummy where is the aneurysm.?

    And like them too, we all know about collagen but not heard of it being used to treat thoracic aneurysms. 

    Does he have asthma?

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      mainly because the elective surgical procedures are so different. With ascending thoracic aneurysms elective surgery means open heart surgery and cutting through the breast bone - long and critical whereas abdominal elective proceedure can be far less invasive - through a vein or a stent. I would be a lot less woried if mine were adbdominalthough of course both can be fatal if they rupture or dissect. Also breathing problems are sometimes experienced by those with anurysms in their chest and some research has shown that a common asthma drug can stop the growth of thoracic aneurysms in mice.
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    Hello, I am sorry I can't answer your question about collagen - but I would think that if it did help, people in the group would have been advised to take it by now. Perhaps someone knows more?

    As Xtine said, no sudden stress, low blood pressure, plus limited lifting, no straining for bowel movements (many ageing adults have that problem).

    My aneurysm was 5.7 when I was diagnosed. It truly is a scary place to be. The surgeons won't operate unless they feel the risk is lower than the risk of rupture.

     

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    My dad just had a dissection this weekend, and I take collagen daily so I have been wondering the same thing. My husband is a medical resident and said he thinks it is a different type of collagen, but I haven't been able to find any studies or definitive information online. 

    I have certainly seen the effects on my skin, hair, and nails through daily use, so I don't think it's a leap to assume it would have the same effects internally, but I truly don't know. I've read collagen helps with wound healing on the skin (stitches, etc) and has gut (internal) benefits, so it seems like at worst it would still help in other areas. I wish we knew more! Obviously check with your dad's doctor, but to me it seems like a supplement (as long as you source a high quality product) that would not have any adverse effects if added since collagen is readily found in many foods. It seems like collagen supplements are a relatively new "trend", so there probably just haven't been enough studies to determine either way.

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