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Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection

Also known as Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm

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  • Random pulsing chest pain and AAA

    I was diagnosed 4 years ago with a 4.4cm ascending aortic aneurism. I have stopped smoking cigars and stopped lifting weights over a year ago and dropped 42 lbs. I have been feeling much better, more energetic and less lethargic, moving quicker and with ease.  Sunday night was my wife’s …

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  • Left arm numb after aortic dissection

    Hello, I had aortic dissection surgery(graft replacement) 3 month ago. My doctor said the surgery was good but today, I feel numbness in my left arm(from back of the left arm to 5th phalange). I think this means referred pain of heart. Is there anyone who can tell me what i should do?? Please.

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  • Thoracic AA 7.3cms: Bristol Royal Infirmary

    I have been diagnosed with a 7.3cms Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA). I am going into the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) in the near future for CT scans and to discuss my options. I beleive they want to operate within three weeks. What I know so far is that a non-invasive technique is out of the …

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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, …

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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 …

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  • Aortic aneurysm:would collagen pills help ?

    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 …

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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 …

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  • Recovery

    I wanted to let people who have been diagnosed know u r lucky. I stepped out of the shower with terrible pain in my jaw, went to emergency and was then operated on . I had a 5.2 and was already bleeding into my chest cavity. Acute ascending. Dr said 12 hrs later had I not come to hospital I would …

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  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurism

    I have recently been diagnosed with a Thoracic Aortic Aneurism (TAA). Does anyone know of a surgeon in the UK who has experience of repairing TAAs?

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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?  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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  • 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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