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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 an enlarged aorta. This was diagnosed by my cardiologist. So my life was turned upside down at this point. I am a healthy 31year old male.
I was awaiting to see a vascular consultant as I have varicose veins in my right leg in which I am getting checked to have removed due to complications with these. The Vascular surgeon was asked to check the rest of my Aorta to ensure there were no other underlying issues. I am currently waiting on this scan to be completed. 1 week later I got a call from the Vascular surgeon who now wants to send me for an MRI scan as he is confident that I do not have an enlarged aorta, but they are willing to perform an MRI to confirm this.
I am all over the place now confused and unsure on who to believe or what tests to believe. Does anyone know how accurate an Ultrasound is as this is the preferred way of screening for aneurysms, if they are not accurate why are they being used. How accurate is an MRI scan? I have tried searching the internet and I have found some medical reports and to be honest I am not a medical examiner so very difficult to understand.
I don't know what to do now, what to believe, who to trust. The family history shows a destinctive history, Grandfather and Uncle died from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, given they had high blood pressure there is still a history, my dad survived an Aortic Dissection that ruptured, he is a fit and healthy man no history of high blood pressure. So with this history I had to be checked, but the vascular surgeon says I am very low risk or any indication this is all linked or any family genetic link.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and any answers or help would be greatly appreciated.
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