Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

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I learned over the weekend that I have an aneurysm.  It was found in a chest x-ray I was having to evaluate a nasty bronchitis.  I'm glad they found it but I'm scared.

It measured 4.3 cm and I don't know what to think right now.  I believe it's the result of rheumatic fever damaging my heart as a child along with 30+ years of intense running for the same time.

What questions should I be asking the cardiologist?  What are your suggestions for managing the condition and living a active life?

 

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    Where is it exactly at ? I see a vascular doctor in Dec and still figuring out what I should ask. I would ask what precautions you should be taking. Sorry not much help and wish you the best.
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    Cardiologists are doctors - they dont deal with this sort of thing. Are you going to see a Vascular Surgeon?

    How old are you?

    Is the aneurysm saccular or fusiform?

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      Thank you Ben statements you made are helping me. I will ask vascular about whether mine is saccular or fusiform which I understand neither. I was told mine is in the aortic root at 4.4 cm and as well as ascending aorta. Cardiologist could tell me very little about it so after I had a cardiac ablation in Charoltte ,NC they set me up an appointment with a vascular Dr in Dec. I am 49 years old and just want some answers myself. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    I had an ascending aortic aneurysm measuring 6cm and a smaller brachiocephalic aneurysm diagnosed in the Spring of 2015. Surgeon advised me not to drive, refrain from lifting anything heavy I.e avoiding undue strain. I also stopped working until surgery, though this essentially depends on your job. Underwent surgery in late June 2015 and within a month was walking four miles each day. 
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    Welcome! What other tests have you had? You should get an echo and possibly an MRA. Do you have symptoms? Other health concerns? Share everything with your doctor. And get a good cardiologist, they aren’t all equal.  Get one that specializes in TAA.

    Ask about: 

    Prognosis 

    Yearly testing

    Physical limitations and exercises 

    Travel restrictions 

    Diet

    We’re all in this together! 👍🏼

    Keep us posted. 

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    All things I need to find out on Wednesday.  Surgery scares me but I have to accept that day will come.  I have no other medical issues.  I had rheumatic fever at age 7 but actually started running the same year.  I ran for 30 years straight but started having performance issues.  I trained 70 miles a week at 6:15 pace.  Racing was faster.  I suspect damage from childhood and intense running caused the issue.  When I saw a cardiologist at 37 said I had cardiovascular disease and advised that I keep running.  That was a failure because I couldn't perform at prior levels and hung it up.  Well last year at 47 I decided to start running again.  After being on the couch 10 years I was back to 7:15 pace over 4 miles in 3 months.  There's the problem as I see it, my stupid runner intensity got me again and I kept pushing.  And here we are, aortic aneurysm and I'm asking if I will be able to train again.  Is that even realistic?  So much for living a healthy lifestyle that eventually kills you.  Very frustrating!

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    I say, run have fun, if your heart rate is lowering and elevating normally, but I would strongly suggest to not strain when getting your workouts in and do not lift weights.
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