I'm sorry to hear that your PCP did not inform you about
this issue. I had a similar issue and the aneurysm was only discovered after a night in the ER where they took a CT. Previous to that it was not seen on x-ray imaging, except by the doctor on staff in the cardiac section of the ER, and he ordered the CT.
In my own research, the incision site depends a lot upon where the aneurysm is. In my case I have an ascending aortic aneurysm of 4.4cm, and the aortic root is involved so I am likely looking at an
open chest surgery - probably a sternum split since there's a couple other things going on such as an aneurysm of my pulmonary artery caused by many years of unchecked pulmonary hypertension.
As for lifting weights: When I was told of my aneurysms, I was told not to do any weight lifting or things that could put stress on the aorta or cause me to tighten up my chest muscles and increase my BP in the process.
You should check with your doc/cardiologist, but I think it's safe to say as a general rule heavy lifting is something you should be avoiding.
Post Edited (Shasari) : 10/28/2014 2:16:03 PM (GMT-6)