4.3 cm aneurysm

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timely
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   Posted 2/26/2014 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
sa i read all these stories, about thoracic aorta annerysms,...it calms my fears. i was diagnosed with a 4.3, annerysm in dec, 2months ago. have had chest pains, for months,....went to a boston hospital, had a catherization,..& had 2 stents put in, had a heart attack, & 2 100% blocked arteries. family history, ( on my mom's side,) lost grandfather, 4 aunts,& a 1st cousin, died from "not knowing", they had annerysms. all this is "terrifying" me. will have another CT scan in march. the cardiologist, say's, i might have to be watched, a little more closely, because of family history. i'm also recovering from pericarditas. thanks for all your stories.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/27/2014 10:08:36 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/27/2014 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
 
You have been through the wringer and have survived for which we are all very thankful.  Coming here and writing about your experience is

therapeutic so I hope you continue to talk with us. Sharing a problem is like halving it. Reading what other members have shared is helpful as well as it helps all of us realize we are not alone.


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timely
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   Posted 2/27/2014 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you,...i am so happy to have found this site. i'm still nervous about the annerysm. do you think a surgeon, would decide to do a repair, sooner, because of my family members', dying from, annerysms,(they didn't know they had.) i'm only measuring @ 4.3. i have CT scans, every 6 months, to watch nodules in my lungs. (that's how they found the annerysm.) weird thing is,...no one saw the annerysm, on my last 2 CT scans. can the annerysm grow to a 4.3, in 1yr.? i do have CAD, (coronary heart disease.) i go & see my cardiologist, march 26th. will have "lots" of questions. it's been a long 2 months. today,...still having pain in my heart area. thanks for listening.

nightingale57
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   Posted 3/3/2014 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear timely,

Welcome to the forum! I had an ascending aortic aneurysm repair and graft on 9/13/14, so I certainly understand how you feel. I recommend doing your research and looking for a surgeon who specializes in ascending aortas, and by all means go for a consult with him. There are many variables in deciding when is the right time to have surgery. Certainly your family history will come in to play, but also your size is relevant, and the growth rate of the aneurysm. Hang in there, do your research, and live your life. Things will return to normal at some point. I am now running 4 nights a week, and am back to work.

timely
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   Posted 3/3/2014 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
dear nightingale57,....thank you for your response, & words of encouragement. i do see my cardiologist, on the 26th,...should i ask him for some surgeons references,...& at least get the ball rolling? it seems so sureal to me,..to think i could be facing open heart surgery some day. just recuperating from a heart attack, is scarey, i tiresome. i'm so happy you're doing better, & the surgery is behind you. can i ask you, how big your annerysm was, when they decided to do the surgery? wow, running 4 nights a week,...that's "awesome." thanks,...timely

nightingale57
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   Posted 3/3/2014 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Timely,
My aneurysm was 4.5 cm, but I am a small person, which comes into play. My surgeon measured the healthy part of my aorta which was 2.2 cm, so the aneurysmal part of my aorta was more than 2 times the size. That was one of the criteria he took into account. Also, I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve which makes the aortic tissue weaker than normal, and more likely to rupture. Its best you have a heart to heart no pun intended!) with your cardiologist, ask him for a referral to a surgeon. I don't know where you live, but everyone says the Cleveland Clinic is the best. I'm on the west coast, so I went to UCLA. Most likely they will watch and wait at with the size of your aneurysm, but having all the information will help you. Hang in there, I promise you it will all be okay!

timely
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   Posted 3/4/2014 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
nightingale57,.....i live in the boston area. i go to the beth isreal hospital, i know people come from all over the world to the heart& cardioligist unit. i've already had a second oppinion, with the cardiologist, because of all of all my other heart problems. i guess now, i'll have him start researching, ( & myself.) for a surgeon. i go, a week from today, for another CT scan. i'm also, a small women too.they say i also have a small leak, in one of my valves. they don't seem too worried about that. i guess, it's just a waiting game now. still trying to get my strength back, from the heart attack, & having the 2 stents put in. at least i know about the annerysm,..but, none of my family members, knew they had one. i think, from losing them,( having theirs rupture.), is what scares me. but, i will think positive! thanks,..timely

nightingale57
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   Posted 3/4/2014 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Timely,
Sounds like you have a good grip on the situation. I am so sorry you have this now to deal with while you are still trying to recover from your heart attack. Believe me, I understand the anxiety and stress you are facing. It is good to keep in mind that at least you know what you are facing, knowledge is power. I can understand your fears with your family history, but I am sure that your doctors will watch you especially close because of this. Let us know how your CT scan turns out. You sound like a strong women, you will get through this. In the mean time, remember to enjoy your life.

timely
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   Posted 3/4/2014 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
nightingale57,....thank you for your support. i'm so glad i came upon this site. no one knows the stress, of fearing open heart surgery,...until, they have experienced a diagnoses, of an annerysm. i am blessed in life. i have 8 beautiful,..& healthy grandchildren, to keep me thinking positive. will keep in touch. timely.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/4/2014 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
timely,
 
I am so happy you have met one of our special members.  I am here for you and keeping you in my prayers.
 
I cannot imagine the fear you must be feeling - hope you keep on talking with us as we care.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
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timely
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   Posted 3/4/2014 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
kitt,....thank you so much. prayers do help. timely :-)

nightingale57
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   Posted 3/7/2014 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Timely,
8 grandchildren, you really are blessed! I have 2, and they are my heart! Keep thinking positive!

Nightingale

timely
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   Posted 3/10/2014 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
nightingale,......yes,....we both have been blessed, with grandchildren. they do help you to think positive. tomorrow is my CAT scan. will find out, the measurement, of my annerysm. have my dr. appt. next week. "thinking positive"!!! thanks, for thinking of me. timely.

nightingale57
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   Posted 3/10/2014 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts will be with you, please let us know how things go!

Ky_girl_92
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   Posted 10/24/2014 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so happy I found this website. My name is Shai and here's my story:

I've been doing research on young people that have an ascending aortic aneurysm, but I haven't found any my age. I was wondering if anyone else who is 21 has an ascending aortic aneurysm. I just learned that mine has grown to a 4.3 cm since my last CT scan back in 2012, I also have high blood pressure and I'm on 3 different medications for it.

2604robinson
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   Posted 12/3/2014 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
this is my first post so maybe not too professional. I've known about my aortic aneurysm for nearly four years now. Yearly CT scans have shown only a small increase (4.2 to 4.3). Here are my two questions why would an ultrasound test not check it instead of the CT? I've read that a stent will repair also,anyone have any experience with this method? I am basically tired of living with the 24/7 fear that I will do something and not know it until it's too late

Joseph17
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   Posted 12/18/2014 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I have a biscopic heart valve and an anurism of about 4.3 and had my cardiac MRI scan yesterday. I'm 46 and a non smoker and rarely have a drink and only found this out at the start of the year. I have two young kids and I'm so worried that I'm facing open heart surgery to fix all of this. How long will it take to recover ? Will I survive etc. I know it sounds like I'm a bit of a drama queen but I've never been this worried in my life, just scared. I'm getting the best of medical help as I have private healthcare here in Ireland but the worry remains. I'm a small guy and relatively fit, when do they actually decide to operate as I'm hearing different things. This is my first time here but it seems a great place to be.

Post Edited (Joseph17) : 12/18/2014 4:38:42 PM (GMT-7)


LastBanana
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   Posted 12/19/2014 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't logged on here for a while and thought I would check it out. To all of those who just found this site, you've made a great move. I passed my one year anniversary of an ascending aortic aneurysm repair on December 10 and I can tell you the information and support I received from this site last year made a huge difference. Read, ask questions, be sure to find a surgeon you can talk with and feel confident in. The hardest part for me was waiting. The surgery and recovery was the easy part.
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