Active woman recently diagnosed with thoracic aortic aneurysm

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/28/2013 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am confused! I have been very active with long distance biking, running, healthy eating and working out. No high blood pressure and no artery buildup.

I was having trouble ramping up this spring for cycling training especially on any climbs. I just had a ct scan and I have a thoracic aortic ascending aneurysm of 4.3 cm. reading everyone's posts I know I am not alone. my concern is how much do i cut out? i see from posts not to lift weights and I am glad to hear that exercise options are available. ,but at a heart rate less than 130. I just recently started paddle boarding, but don't get the same exercise endorphin fix. I am still running, but feel like I need to cut back cycling.

How do you look for a doctor that knows about active lifestyles and when to have surgery to prevent exposure to ruptures while exercising?

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 8/30/2013 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You are definitely not alone! I am having surgery on my ascending aortic aneurysm on 09/12/13. My surgeon told me to take a step back from my usual intensity of running, but not to stop. It sounds like you have already researched things and know the general ground rules. As far as finding a doctor, I suggest looking at major medical centers in your area and then researching surgeons that specialize in ascending aortic repairs, they are out there. I know what a blow it is to be diagnosed with something like this, information is your best friend. Good luck!
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