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First of all, thank all of you for all the posts. Whether it's great info based on your experiences or the good/bad/ugly about this condition - it's all helpful. Everyone is different, but a lot of what you've said probably applies to a lot of folks reading this discussion.
Here's my story. I'm in my mid 50's, diagnosed with 3.9 cm dilation of my ascending aorta. It's growing at a rate of .1 cm per year, which I guess is pretty slow.
I, too, am horrified about open chest surgery, but I'm optimistic there will be an easier procedure by the time I need the surgery.
I now have to go back every year vs. every two years and will get an angiogram/MRI/CT next year. Allergic to contrast dye, so not sure how that will work. I want the best possible results, so I guess they can pre-treat me for the allergy.
Thank you all for the wonderful posts and information. Keep it coming. I will check back in when I can to see how everyone is doing.
Prayers to you all for good things to come, good health, and hope.
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