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My father has been diagnosed recently with an ascending aortic aneurysm measuring 5.5 cm. He was told by two heart doctors that they recommend surgery. My father is very fearful. He has never had surgery before and is worried about the outcome of surgery at his age. Right now he is slow, but feels pretty good. He still plays 18 holes of golf 3 times a week! He lives alone and is of the belief that a quick death from the aneurysm rupturing would be better than suffering if there are complications after major surgery. His only health issue is high blood pressure and tachycardia at times. He is medicated for both. He doesn't smoke or drink and is only a bit overweight. If he was younger or if my mom was still living I could see him going through with the surgery, but at 80 years old is it worth it?
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