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I was diagnosed with pneumonia in at the end of June, after a chest x-ray and a CT scan. This week, I had a follow-up scan to make sure the pneumonia had cleared (it had).
This time, the scan revealed "Aneurysmal dilatation of the ascending thoracic aorta measuring 3.6 cm" I think this is a TAA
I am 51 years old and lost my husband to cancer just a few months ago. We have two college-aged children. I am absolutely terrified. My children have been through so much and I want to do everything within my control to stay health.
My scan was seen by a thoracic surgeon. His office told me "not to panic" and I have an appointment with a cardiologist in mid-September. My father had an aortic aneurysm repaired at age 68, so I'm thinking this is a genetic condition.
I am 5'4", 140 pounds. Recent BP is 120/80 (not sure about my cholesterol)
Can anyone offer tips or advice? I know I need to lose some weight and I will switch to a very heart-healthy diet. I also read that daily aspirin may slow the growth so I will add that to my daily routine.
My biggest concern is that this wasn't noticed 6 weeks ago when I had the first scan (& on two chest X-rays) Does that mean it's growing like a weed?
Thanks so much for any help you can offer. I am thrilled to have found this site.
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