Posted 4/27/2013 2:48 PM (GMT -7)
Welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry to read of your aortic aneurysm and I understand your fear on learning you have had this condition since 2010.
An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge that occurs in the wall of the major blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from your heart to your vital organs.
From hat you have shared it appears that you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm
that occurs along the part of the aorta that passes through the chest cavity.
Aneurysms can develop anywhere along the aorta, which runs from your heart through your abdomen. When they occur in the upper part of the aorta, they are called thoracic aortic aneurysms. More commonly, aneurysms form in the lower part of your aorta and are called abdominal aortic aneurysms. Less commonly, an aneurysm can occur in between the upper and lower parts of your aorta. This type of aneurysm is called a thoracoabdominal aneurysm.
When you are ready to see a cardiologist, write down any questions you may have or symptoms including any that may seem unrelated to a thoracic aortic aneurysm.
Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you take.
Take a family member or friend with you to the Drs. if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to recall all of the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
The goal of treatment is to prevent your aneurysm from rupturing. Generally, your treatment options are medical monitoring or surgery. Your decision depends on the size of the aortic aneurysm and how fast it's growing.
I wish you peace and hope you are able to be reassured by the cardiologist re your aneurysm.
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