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Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection

Also known as Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm

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  • Aneurysms, should wait for surgery?

    So my dad has 2 aneurysms, one on each iliac bifucation. I've done research on dissection, and different approaches for aneurysms at this location. His are approximately at 4.5mm (actually extends into the aorta slightly) and 3.5mm. He was referred to USC, where the surgeon stated that he would like...

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  • I had open AAA surgery in Oct. 2017 still have bad pain, Help

    I went into the hospital in July 2017 to get my AAA open repair. The vascular surgeon made me have a heart cath at the hospital, the doctors dissected vessels in my heart during the cath., I needed an emergency heart bypass. After going through all the ICU and Cardiac Intensive Care due to that, I was...

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  • Freaking out - newly diagnosed

    I am freaking out.  In lat October I went to emergency with chest pains - which turned out to be unrelated. But during their work up on me they found a very strong heart murmur. This lead to an ultra sound appointment early Nov  which found my ascending aorta was at 5.0 to 5.5 cm along with...

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  • ASCENDING AORTA ANEURYSM.

    I'M 62 YEARS OLD AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN ASCENDING AORTA ANEURYSM OF 4.4 CM. HAD A CT ANGIO SCAM OF THE CROSS -SECTIONAL DIAMETER BEING 44X42 mm Nine months ago, now with anothe CT ANGIO Scam its 40.9 x 39.4 mm. Cardiologist told me it shrunk sum. Can this be possible ? I lost 28 pounds and my...

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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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  • Cardiovascular Surgeon vs Cardiologist

    Hello everyone. I am 53 YO male and I was diagnosed with an Aortic Aneurysm (4.9 cm) It was initially discovered from a chest X-ray and my primary care sent me to a Cardiac Surgeon as a follow up.  He did a CT scan and here I am. My concern is is a cardiovascular surgeon my best course?  I...

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  • Living with an Aortic Aneurysm

    Hello,   I've been diagnosed with an Ascending Aortic Aneurysm size 4.5 and I inundated  with stress and depression. Like most of you this was completed out of the blue and I'm currently in the researching stage of dealing with this. Currently my doctor has me on Valsartan, Coreg...

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  • AAA diagnosis Feb 2017 at the age of 56

    Good Morning  I was diagnosed with an AAA Feb 2017 at the age of 56, a bit scary i have to say, i would like to talk with others who have a similar diagnosis preferably as close to my home city of Bath, to compare experiences and any advice IE talking exercise losing weight and getting fitter....

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  • Which BP meds is everyone taking?

    just curious. Which BP meds is everyone taking and which dosage? which is the better diagnostic tool to monitor aneurysms, a CT scan with contrast or an MRI with contrast?

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  • Were you ever prescribed Cipro or fluoroquinolones ?

    From a recent long term survey in pub med Our objective was to evaluate the association between fluoroquinolone use and aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence from a small number of studies suggests that exposure to fluoroquinolones is consistently...

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  • Date for surgery.....àm twitchy now

    I have an ascending aorta diagnosed in Dec last year and a furthe CT scan done on the 3rd Jan this year. I had an appointment with the consultant today. He advised that the root of the ascending aorta was borderline at 5cm the rest of the aorta was normal with slight leakage on the Aortic Valve which...

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  • Have a AAA

    I have an AAA 4cm. Doctors at the VA says it's inflamed and not sure what to do about it. My problem is I'm have some pressure on my chest that comes and goes. Taking aspirin helps. Does anyone know if the chest pressure is normal with AAA.  Thanks!

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  • Deathly scared of having an AAA

    I don't know why my mind jumped back to this, but it has and I'm scared stiff. Work has me stressed out, that combined with allergies doesn't help matters. About a week or two ago I noticed minor aches in my lower back, where the pelvis meets the spine, and it's only when I'm at...

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  • Young with a TAA 4.4

    Im a truck driver and because my TAA is >3.5 mines is a 4.4 it disqualifies me from driving has anyone been in this boat before? im only 43🤔😯😯

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  • Needing medical advice please!!!

    for the past 7 mounths I get blurred vision and some numbness on face also pressure pain behind my right eye and i get disoriented it's not all the time just sometimes through out the day it lasts from 5 to 10 minutes until I feel normal again

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  • AAA vs stressful job - what to do?

    I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm 4 years ago, with the grace of God it has remained at 4.4cm. I visit my cardiologist every 3 months religiously, and next month is my EKG/ultrasound/CT scan and stress test follow up after a year of going to him. I work as an IT site manager for one...

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  • Ruptured AAA open surgery repair

    May 31st, 2017. My step dad arrived home after a late shift complaining of back pain (my step dad is not all that forthcoming with pain!) However it was unbearable for him. He took himself off to bed and when the pain moved around to his groin we called an ambulance. After they spoke with my stepdad...

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  • False diagnosis?

    I was told after a routine ultrasound that there was a 4.1cm AAA in my abdomen. After waiting two long, painful weeks, where I nearly lost my s**t, the follow-up CT showed no Aneurysm. Can that be right? Should I be worried? I have follow-up appointments with vascular surgeons to confirm, but curious...

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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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  • 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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  • care after aortic dissection

    I had an aortic dissection four months ago. The type A was repaired by a cardiothoracic surgeon during open heart surgery. The Type B portion in the abdominal part of the aorta is being treated with blood pressure meds and a beta-blocker. I have had several follow-up chest and abdominal CT scans since...

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  • Employment after being diagnosed with TAA

    Hello I am a 43 year old male who was in a trucking accident that broke my back and discovered a Thoracic accending aortic aneurysm 4.4 which disqualifies my cdl license since its over 3.5cm so my question is when and if i do recover from the back injury what am i to do for employment can anyone tell...

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  • Why I Didn't Wait - The Statistics for Dissection

    I was painting inside my house last summer when I suddenly felt strange. I climbed off a short ladder, and realized my heart was pounding. I tried deep breathing, laying down and finally a cold shower. My heart was still going nuts and I could see it beating under my skin. Went to the ER where my heart...

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  • AAA and TKD?

    It's been quite some time since I last posted on this forum. To those that don't know me, I'm 49 and was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm of 4.4cm. With luck, it's been at bay for the last 4 years since first diagnosed and I'm doing my best to keep it that way by quitting...

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  • Aortic aneurysm at age 26?

    I'm 26 years old, 165lbs (and slowly dropping weight) and diagnosed with G.A.D. Starting from the beginning, I had a bad panic attack about two weeks ago that landed me in the hospital for a possible heart attack (Thankfully it wasn't) and I've been worried about my health ever since. I've...

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  • Help!

    I'm a 21 year old female with no health issues other than anxiety. I been experiencing quick sharp chest pains and sharp upper back pains. Went to er last night and they did a ekg , blood work including d dimer test and a chest X-ray but everything came back normal. I'm still have the back pains...

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  • Chronic pain after Dissection

    I had an aortic Dissection June 19th 2017. I spent several weeks in a coma after having multiple strokes during my surgery. I now have Anoxic Brain injuries to my right frontal lobe. I live with constant abdominal and flank pain as well as spinal and seizing muscle pain. I was a wildland firefighter...

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  • Minimally Dilated Ascending Aorta

    Hello, I am a 36 year old male from Texas, USA. I was told last year that a 2011 scan showed my Aorta to be dilated. I had an echo cardiogram in March 2017 to confirm this and in September 2017 I had a CT scan. Both the echo and ct scan say No evidence of Aortic Aneurysm but both say my Ascending Aorta...

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  • Just comeback from my check up

    Just got back from my yearly check up Found out these check ups have been contracted out, not being done by the marvelous NHS, the staff have lost their jobs with the NHS, but are now with this new company The same staff will still be doing the scans My check up revealed mine has gone up from 3.5 to...

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  • Should I go on cruise?..

    I was diagnosed last month with a 5.4 cm ascending aortic aneurysm and I know that I will need surgery soon. The problem is that my family and I have been planning a 7day cruise in April. My surgeon says that I can wait until I get back from cruise to have surgery, but it’s scary now. He also said that...

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