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I am 63, always looked at myself as being as fit as most 25 years olds, and just got home from a 4 mile run. I walked in the house and started getting this strange back pain. I went to the shower and ran hot water on it. When I got out, I lay on the floor and asked my wife to massage my back. I could not get off the floor. The pain was excruciating at this point. I avoided doctors like the plague all my life, but I knew something was really wrong. I told my wife to call ambulance. I had them to take me to one of the largest hospitals in the area. The clock was ticking. After laying in ER for a while, my wife alerted one of the doctors that aneurysm run in my family- my grandma died at age 50, my father and brother had them too. The doctor recognized I had the symptoms and luckily there were experienced expert doctors there. Within 2 hours from the initial back pain I was receiving blood to keep me alive. They came up the groin area and stented the ruptured aorta. Point is, if you have a immediate relative who has had aneurysm or especially if they died from it, from what I am reading, you should probably start getting CT scans by age 50. AAA aneurysm are a lot easier to fix before they rupture. If they rupture, I think the survival rate is 10% or less because you are bleeding to death and you are on the clock. What if I was on a train or plane or cruise, in a foreign country, or got misdiagnosed with kidney stones. Fortunately, I was within 20 minutes of a hospital that deals with heart issues.
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