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I originally posted that I was diagnosed with a 4.2cm Thoracic Aorta Anuerysm in June this year after my sister had surgery in Feb to repair hers which measured 5.1cm. My sister is 50 years old and I am 55. Having grandmother and uncle who died in their 50’s possibly from a similar condition, it was clear that our family was predisposed to it. The rest of my siblings (3 brothers and two more sisters) were all given appointments for CT Scans and thankfully one by one they were all cleared. Unfortunately, my youngest sister (45 years old) has just had hers confirmed at 4.1cm. That makes 3 sisters out of 4 diagnosed with an anuerysm and 3 brothers cleared. We are told that this is unusual as it is normally the males who develop it. It has been difficult coming to terms with it but we are supporting each other and get inspiration from our sister who had the repair surgery and who has made an amazing recovery. I have my next scan in December. It is still frightening at times but it does get easier to accept. There is not much to change in our health and lifestyle as none of us smoke and we are all slim and fit. I am taking 2.5mg of Beta Blockers which can make me a bit light headed at times but other than that, life goes on and I just pray that our anuerysms do not grow and if they do that we will be as fit and healthy for the operation should it come to that.
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