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Hi Everyone! I'm 50 years old and three years ago, during a CT scan for something else, they discovered that I had an Ascending Aortic Aneurysm (4.4 cm). They also discovered thyroid tumors and so the aneurysm wasn't really addressed. About 8 months ago my regular doctor mentioned that my bp was on the high side, I reminded her that I had an aneurysm. You do?? She says! Realizing that it had been two years and not rechecked, she sent me for another CT. Luckily there was no growth! I asked her for a referral to a cardiologist. She didn't think it was necessary, but she finally agreed. That doctor sent me for an echo, which showed a bicuspid valve. I've seen the cardiologist since for my 6 month check (no CT, just an office visit). But I'm concerned that he isn't taking this seriously. He told me no restrictions on exercise (just don't take up weight lifting LOL!) but everything else is normal. Just live your life. I'm a woman, 5' tall (and weigh too much). From all I've read, I think I should see a surgeon. Oh, there is a strong family history--both of my parents had aneurysms. My father's ruptured but they caught it and he survived. My mother had an abdominal that was caught and repaired. My older brother had an abdominal aneurysm at 43. So, I'm worried! I don't want to have surgery but I'm scared of the alternative. Has anyone else had doctors who don't seem to think this is a big deal? Maybe I'm just paranoid? I'd love to hear that I am! Thanks (and sorry this was so long!).
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