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Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection

Also known as Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm

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  • Help

    I was told 3 weeks ago that I have a aortic root aneurysm at 4.4 cm. It is a scary thought that there is a bomb inside of you that can explode. Going in a couple of weeks for a second catheter ablation . Has the atrial filbriation contributed to the problem.

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  • Aortic Aneurysm, 4.4 CM

    Hi All, I hope folks can provide some advice or direction.  Just had a CT scan and showed I have a 4.4 CM aortic root.  I am 6'2, about 245lbs, early 40s.  The cardiologist was not super helpful and told me to find an aortic specialist.  She wasnt terribly concerned since I am...

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  • Symptoms

    Hello everyone I have a bicuspid aortic valve with a 4.4 aneurysm in the ascending aorta and 3.8 aortic root.I been feeling tire with no energy and fainting almost everyday my year MRA will be next week has anybody experience this symptoms i had all my blood test everything is ok this is the only condition...

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  • Scared

    Just got the word today that I have an ascending aortic aneurysm and have no clue as to how serious this is and how they fix things like this can anyone help me

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  • Feel like I have an aneurysm

    About two months ago I started having chest pains along with back and left shoulder arm pain. I went to the ER 3 times because I thought I was going to die. They ran blood tests X-RAY and EKGs all came back fine and told me nothing is wrong with me and sent me home. Followed up with my physician and...

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  • What symptoms to except?

    Hi. I am a 36 year old life-long heart patient with a bi-cuspid aortic valve (unoperated), moderate stenosis, a murmur, and a recently diagnosed ascending aorta aneurysm (4.0). I have known my entire life that eventually I need to have open heart surgery and am fine with the six month monitoring, as...

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  • newly diagnosed ascending thoracic aortic swelling

     I have just had enlarged ascending TAA shown by echocardiogram which was checking for something else 4.9cms. I have seen a cardiologist (not too long a wait) he told me nothing I didn't know (which is very little) and ordered an MRI scan - which we knoew he would. I thought that would be that...

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  • Aortic Aneurysm screening

    I have been subject to regular AAA screening for several years my reading for 2016 was 3.8cm.I have been to a screening today and was dismayed to discover the size of the aneurysm has increased to 4.4.cm which seems a big jump to me. I was told I will be screened again in 12 months but move to every...

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  • Diagnosed with Aortic Root Aneurysm

    Hello everyone, I have been recently diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm that is 5.7 cm - I'm feeling like a ticking time bomb I am grateful that I was able to read the comments in this section where some of you indicated that your aneurysm was larger, and you seem to be doing well. Thank...

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  • Ascending aorta anuerysms

    Just been diagnosed with a 4.8 centimeter anuerysm . Cardiologist wants me yoneait 6 months and have another cat scan to see if it's bigger. I feel like I have a ticking time bomb and want a second opinion. I'm a 64 year old female and thought I was in great health. This is devastating to me....

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  • TAA post surgery questions

    I was diagnosed with a 5.0m ascending anuerysm and decided to repair it as I could not live nowing that it could rupture at any time. I am currently a month out of surgery, and wondered if anyone experienced any quality of life changes? prior to surgery, i was always tired and was unsure as to why, I...

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  • New to Site - Have Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Slow Growing

    First of all, thank all of you for all the posts. Whether it's great info based on your experiences or the good/bad/ugly about this condition - it's all helpful. Everyone is different, but a lot of what you've said probably applies to a lot of folks reading this discussion. Here's my...

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  • newly diagnosed with Thoracic Aorta Aneurysm

    My younger sister aged 50 was diagnosed with TAA of 5.1 cm in January and operated in February due to her small frame. She is recovering well which is encouraging. I have been meaning to go and have a check myself but kept putting it off. I went to my GP 2 weeks ago and he immediately picked up a murmur....

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  • How often do you get scanned after your operation?

    It seems that I'm getting the run around from my Cardio dr, All I want is to get a piece of mind to know if I'm enlarging again or not?   I've asked for a scan and she just responds with questions about pains or discomfort. I think it should be standard to be checked after 6mo...

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  • Thank you!

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has participated in these discussions. I know that we all have fear of our own condition, but if you are like me, I fear for others who have just found out about their condition. It is such a horrible feeling to know life could be taken away at any time,...

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  • Growing Aorta Aneurysm

    Hi. Ive had 2 open surgeries. I an aneurysm over10 years. Im 41and only 4 11 with petite build. Last it was 4.6 mm and now its 5.1 cm. I will be following up with my cardio in a wk enough. Ive been having headaches, stomach back pains. I feel alot of pressure in my chest but I also have asthma. I have...

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  • TAA and bicuspid valve--I'm worried by the Drs aren't!

    Hi Everyone! I'm 50 years old and three years ago, during a CT scan for something else, they discovered that I had an Ascending Aortic Aneurysm (4.4 cm). They also discovered thyroid tumors and so the aneurysm wasn't really addressed. About 8 months ago my regular doctor mentioned that my bp...

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  • Life insurance with TAA?

    Has anyone found an insurance company willing to cover you since you got diagnosed? I guess that's limited to the US (don't think I can get insurance in the U.K.!). 

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  • Life After Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Repair

    Albert,  Texas  age 54 aaa 7.0 cm  Need operation aka Evar repair.  If I don't have fixed it,  I most likely will die.  I use to smoke but since I found out about this last month stopped, I am also over wight was 296 but since that day I have been walking more lost 8lbs...

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  • Just diagnosed with Thoracic Aortic Aneuryms ..scared!

    Hello my name is Jennifer, my husband is 48 year old former body builder.  He has been lifting very heavy weights most of his life since his 20's.  More of a power lifter.  Through the years he has stopped and started a excercise weight lifting routine.  Two years ago he went...

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  • Living with aortic aneurysm at 72 yrs of age.

     Good day. Are there any fellow aortic aneurysm's fellow suffers  out there deciding to live with it, forgoing surgery? I'm 72 years old. I'm at 4.8 started out at 4.2, 8  years ago. I have a  leaky aortic valve as well. I hear there's a new way to judge surgery/ it...

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  • Impaired gait as a result of AAA?

    I recently had open repair for AAA measuring 6x8 cm. I am a healthy, active female age 45. I noticed, as my AAA was growing in size that my gait was impaired- weaker hip extension muscles, psoas, etc on the right side and chronic hamstring tightness on the left. I am hypothesizing that perhaps the enlarging...

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  • Enlarged Thoracic Aorta -

    Hi Everyone, 2 months ago I was tested to see if I had any issues with my aorta due to a family history or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissection.  I had the general testing and screening for this, an ultrasound of the thoracic aorta.  After this screening I was advised that I have...

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  • Possible aneurysm?

    Hello! For the past three months I've had several 'attacks' of dizziness and heart palpitations. After having undergone several tests and scans, the doctors finally concluded, through what I can only assume have been mind bogglingly big calculations and extremely precise observations, that...

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  • Derek’s aneurysm As we could find so little information...

    Derek’s aneurysm As we could find so little information on the web about the aftercare for this major operation, we thought it might help other people if we shared the knowledge we have gained over the last few months. It is not written by medical people. Derek had an abdominal aortic aneurysm operation...

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  • I had a ruptured AAA aneurysm, anyone else?

    I do not hear much from people who survived a ruptured AAA aneurysm.  Are you doing fine now?  How was the experience of getting all that blood out of your stomach?  Did you have trouble bending over and picking things up for a while?   Did the pools of blood in your belly cause you...

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  • Partners Operation last Wednesday

    Well Wednesday came, the day we were dreading and wishing for. We woke to the news of the London Fire Block does it sound terrible that I was thankful we were not going to a London Hospital? The stress of Living with a AAA is hard on all the family. If you keep thinking of all the what if's it is...

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  • Any "Feel Good" stories you can share?

    Hello everyone, I am just wondering if anyone has any feel good stories they could share. I for one, am interested in knowing of people who have had their surgeries, and now on the other side of it, have some good advice they would like to share. Share your success! We need to hear about them.

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  • Anyone here on statins for cholesterol?

    A new study just broke in finding that you can most likely stretch your dollar. Alternate-day dosing of individual statins (especially atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) is as efficacious as daily dosing on LDL-C and TG. Kamal Awad, Dimitri P. MikhailidisPeter P. TothSteven R. JonesPatrick MoriartyGregory...

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  • Can anyone tell me if they can recognize if this is an aneurysm?

    Ok, I am having issues with insurance due to life crisis at the moment.. I just need some suggestions if anyone can tell me if it looks like evidence of an Ascending aortic aneurysm.. I have been having trouble swallowing for 3 months or varies in severity. My back hurts but it feels more internal and...

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  • Ascending aortic aneurysm 4.3 and sinus of valsalva aneurysm

    I am 55 and I recently received the news that I have both an ascending aortic dilation of 4.3cm and a sinus of valsalva aneurysm.  I am 5ft 5inches and I weigh 148lbs.  Does anyone have any information about how they repair the sinus of valsalva? Is it the same with a Dacron replacement of...

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  • Got a bicuspid heart valve and aortic aneurysm

    I am a 21 yr/old male; 6'3'', 215 lbs... been having breathing problems for two years. Found out I was born with bicuspid heart valve with mild regurgitation and developed 4.6 cm thoracic aneurysm in descending aorta. Besides heart am perfectly healthy. Developed hbp 8 months ago but mostly...

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