Dilated ascending aorta

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I just came across this site as I was trying to find information on my Dilated ascending aorta. It was 4.9 in march which was when it was diagnosed . I have to have a second scan next year. I'm just so scared at how much it might grow in a year

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    Hello susan 4.9 is very close to 5 i will like to know if you have any symptoms and if you have a bicuspid valve or any other heart problems so far the best you can do is keep your blood pressure under control with medication and keep walking and exercising but dont do any weight over 30 pounds sometimes these aneurysms never grow or take years to grow i believe if you have a good cardiologist they should do an mri every 6 months good luck
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    Obviously dilations can get bigger, but the fact that your consultant is happy to wait until next year before the next scan suggests he/she doesn't have immediate concerns. That doesn't stop you worrying of course, you just have to put your trust in the professionals. Relax ;-)

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    Welcome, Susan. Remember that every case is different, and the growth rate may vary quite a bit. I know it's hard not to worry, but it may not grow at all.

    I did hear encouraging story the other day to share with all of you. My uncle had a 6.5 cm 20 years ago, had surgery and he still doing just fine.

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    Mine was 4.5 in march and i go every 6 months .but it also gos off other factors. Im classed as a small frame , no lifting no strenous exercise no running no stress and to keep calm easier said than done
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    Thankyou so much for your replies. It's just so scarey and hard to live with. I'm not allowed to lift or do anything strenuous either and am trying hard to avoid stress which is almost impossible 

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      I have several pressure in my brain and headedness since i find out about mine aorta was 4.1 i did mri and everything comeback normal maybe is all about stress what im doing now is just forget about it and enjoy what i like to do,who knows what can happens tomorrow
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    You just won't know until you have your next scan. We wooried too the first 6 months. It hadn't changed. We decided to breath easier and let life take it's course. It's not on our minds as much and we are enjoying life more now.He had an echocardiogram in December and we haven't heard results yet. We assume it must've been alright or we would've heard. His aortic anueyrism is at 4.5. He is 65. He has a bicuspid valve.There is no way to know if it will even grow at all especially if you are taking the BP medicines to keep it contained. Try not to think about it and enjoy life more. Peace for you in 2017.

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