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Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection

Also known as Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Should i look for second opinion

    30 years old bicuspid mild leaky valve ascending aortic root 4.1 and 3.8 on aortic root no palpitation or chest pain im having symptoms of fainting fatigue ligheaded every day the doctor request me to use another monitor and a tilt table test i really dont think i need it the last one i use never shows...

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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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  • Second opinion on thoracic aorta ascending anuersym

    Well I went for a second opinion about my 4.8 aorta ascending anuerysm and the doctor wants to do immediate open heart surgery. I'm scared to death as I know they freeze your brain and you're on a heart and lung machine and in ICU for several days. I worry I could have a blood clot or get infection...

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  • TAA Rib Pain

    Hi, I'm a  55 year old male and had my Decending Aorta replaced 9 months ago. It was >7cm. Replaced from arch to kidneys. Came out of surgery a paraplegic with sever rib pain. Stopped taking pain pills around 3 months and am back to work in a wheel chair. Been going to rehab twice a week...

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  • Thoracic, Abdominal Aneurysm Repair Surgery

    Hi! I am a 54 year old female who underwent a thoracic, abdominal aneurysm repair surgery 8 months ago.  The aneurysm was 5.5 to 5.6 centimetres and essentially the aorta was repaired from my heart to my kidneys.  I would like to discuss my recovery.  I am still not up to my usual level...

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  • AAA

    My mom is 67 years old and has an aneurysm in her aorta in her stomach. We went in over a month ago to the hospital as she was scheduled to have surgery but then they discovered her kidneys are in bad shape so now they said surgery is too risky. I need help finding the right answer for what we should...

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  • Holding my breath....increase or decrease BP?

    I am leaving for Cozumel to do 1 week of scuba diving, on last day would like to do a whale shark snorkel. I have a TAA 4.4cm, cardiologist, pulmonologist and PCP all agree I should be okay to dive, just no heavy lifting which I am making arrangements with the dive crew when I get there. Also spoke...

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  • Way to ask the doctor?

    I am going back to see my cardio doctor next week and my head is swimming with thoughts. I haven't actually spoken with him about my diagnosis... his staff yes, but the doctor no. So if there is one question you would recommend as a top "need to know" what would it be? Please reply if you...

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  • "Chest pain" last night, scary as (fill in the blank)

    So yesterday I was moving and grooving between meetings, stopping for lunch, more meetings, picking up an air conditioner order at PC Richard warehouse (they loaded in the car), rushing home to drop it off, back to work, food shopping.....crazy day. When I stopped by my house to drop off the AC, I have...

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  • Uncoiled Aorta.....anything else???

    Hi everyone, right now feeling p*ssed off and concerned....got off the phone with my pulmonologist after getting a chest x-ray done. Chest x-ray went well, said lungs look normal, heart okay except he noticed I have an uncoiled aorta. Said the aorta is supposed to wrap around the heart, not too tight....

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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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  • Good days bad days....

    Four months after my surgery now, I've been doing minor weight lifting with super light weights, light biking up to 10 miles, frequent walking 3miles and doing really good. Then come this past Saturday night I decide to do a series of upperbody weight lifting for 2 hours. All with lighter wieghts....

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