Let me say first that I really enjoyed reading this forum. I'm a 53 year old guy with a good health history. Normal blood pressure, high cholesterol (but great since statins 4 years ago). I've always either jogged three or four times a week and used to play a grueling weekly game of full court basketball. I tore my knee meniscus and have given that up. My older sister recently went through the aortic aneurysm/valve repair procedure as did my 23 year old nephew. Their doctors recognized a family predisposition and ordered all of us (lot of sisters and one brother) to get screened.
My results came back with a 4.7 cm ascending aortic aneurysm. The recommended screening once per year. That didn't sit well with me and I call and discussed it with my primary care doc (I'm on an HMO and everything goes through him...btw, he's a good guy and seems to really listen to me when I voice concerns. Anyway, after talking with him about
the long followup scan schedule, he called me back and said that he wanted me to have a consultation with a cardio vascular surgeon. They would most likely do some hd scans and go from there.
I'm now sitting here thinking that I may want to get my referral to a cardiologist and if and when the repair is indicated, try to get into the Cleavland Clinic (my sister and nephew both raved about
their experience there).
What do you guys think? Should I go see a local cardio vascular surgeon or a local cardiologist? If I go to a local cardio vascular surgeon, have I eliminated my chance at the Cleavland Clinic?
[*Just added Aortic Aneurysm to the Subject so members would know what your thread was about. - C2]
I changed up your subject line a bit.
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