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Dizzyagain
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   Posted 4/3/2017 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all. Newbie here. Here's a little about me. I am 56 and have been having heart related issues for the past 2yrs. My family has a history of heart problems. I noticed mine 2yrs ago when I started having palpitations that made me cough. They were not very frequent at that time. I went to see a cardiologist & he had me take a stress test. Everything was fine. Over the next few years the chest pains & palpitations got more frequent & stronger. I started having chest pressure, frequent heart palpitations, headaches & chest pain. Headaches would go away once the chest pain stopped. I went back for another stress test last Tuesday & was told my thoracic aorta was enlarged. The Cardiologist said he would schedule a CTA & a calcium test for me. So far that has not been done. I have been waiting for it to be scheduled since last Wednesday. My Cardiologist is out of town and the hospital is waiting for him to tell them which CTA to do. How many different CTA's are there? Should I be worried?

BTW, I don't have high blood pressure. Last time it was taken it was 118/72

Dizzyagain
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   Posted 4/11/2017 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Well i went into the hospital Sunday because of some odd chest pains. They kept me overnight and I had a CTA, a chest X-ray and a heart catheter. My thoracic aorta aneurysm is a little over 4.5. Will be following up with my Cardiologist in a few weeks.. Hopefully everything will be ok

straydog
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   Posted 4/11/2017 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dizzy, I happened across your post here. These aneurysm's can be caused by several things & genetic is one of them. Like you heart problems with both parents, I chalk it up to being from the bad gene pool.

Surgery is not always recommended & some times they monitor things to make sure they are not growing faster & getting bigger. Please come back & let us know what the dr says.

Take care.
Susie
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Dizzyagain
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   Posted 5/12/2017 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
UPDATE - Saw the Cardiologist on Tuesday, He said my arteries were great w/no visible clogs. Heart was good too but need to keep checking aneurysm every 6 months. He did not say what has caused the 4.5cm aneurysm. Why are some Dr's so vague?
"You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing." - Dale Carnegie

straydog
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   Posted 5/12/2017 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello again, at least now you know what is going on. Your dr cannot tell you how or even why this happened, it simply is something drs cannot ever predict. It is a weak spot in the wall that develops over time & that is how aneurysm's happen. Many are diagnosed by accident. The good news is your dr is doing the right thing by monitoring this.

Take care.
Susie
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Dizzyagain
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   Posted 2/7/2018 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Update....I've been having chest pains for the past week. It has been in the center of my upper chest. Its a dull pain that starts in the morning and gradually gets worse and by late evening it goes away. I don't have any problem swallowing food or drinking liquids. I also have been monitoring my BP lately too. Morning is around 129/89 (sometimes lower) but by afternoon its been around 145/97 (sometimes higher)....Should I be worried or see my doctor?
"You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing." - Dale Carnegie

straydog
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   Posted 2/7/2018 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I would make an appt with the dr. because of the fluctuating blood pressure. My theory is its always best to safe than sorry later. And, once you are checked out it will put your mind at ease.

Take care.
Susie
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Dizzyagain
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   Posted 2/7/2018 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks...my wife seems to think it's anxiety but I don't. I am in the process of getting a new cardiologist. Hopefully I will have an appointment set up in the next few days.
"You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing." - Dale Carnegie

Dizzyagain
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   Posted 2/9/2018 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I went to my family doctor yesterday. He wanted me to have another EKG. After it was done he compared it to one I had a few years ago. Apparently it was abnormal. A T-wave that was once normal is now inverted. He called my cardiologist and he wants me to have another stress test. I get that done on the 19th. I will post the results when I get them back. I hope I have all of this done before my Cancun vacation at the end of the month. Cheers all

straydog
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   Posted 2/9/2018 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to read that you saw your family dr.. I have not had a normal EKG in years, lol. Hopefully your stress test will come back ok so that you can go on vacation stress free.

Take care.
Susie
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TroubledTurds
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   Posted 2/9/2018 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
"Why are some Dr's so vague?"

no is not vague
yes is not vague
i don't know is not vague

it is possible to have anxiety and heart issues at the same time - i mean why wouldn't you smilewinkgrin

hope your vaca goes well -
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