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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

I was under investigations for a possible bowel problems, after two colon examinations I was sent for a abdominal scan.

I was informed that I had a small AAA.

I had some knowledge of Aneurysm as my mother had died at the age of 75 and the cause of death was from an Abdominal aortic aneurysm.

It had been found sometime befor, but because of other heath problems it was not safe to have surgery

I now have a scan every year now and my last scan in December 2010 the measurment was 3.9 so still small, but for me it still feels like a time bomb inside me.

My medication at this time is Simvastatin 20mg and Lorsartan 50mg.

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Comment by Kimberlee Jones on March 28, 2011 at 7:18
HI Michael and welcome to the time bomb club!! Unfortunately that ticking time bomb feeling is something that never goes away(even after surgery), the good news is you do think about it less and less as time goes on. The other good news is that they know it's there and are watching you closely. The decision for surgery is usually based not only on size but how fast it is growing(if it is even growing) My best advice for you is trust your instincts and "better safe than sorry" If something does not feel right, no matter how minor it may seem(I went to ER with what I thought was a 24 hr case of slight indigestion, actually had an ascending thoracic dissection, from aortic valve to about mid arch) So again if something doesn't feel right get it checked out, I'd rather look foolish from time to time than risk the time bomb exploding. Now happy thoughts...don't dwell too much on what you cannot control, this is a blessing in some ways, it forces you to look at like and everything it offers and to appreciate it they way most people don't/can't. So lay down in the middle of a field, watch the clouds go by, smell some flowers, enjoy every little moment and know we are all here for you.

Comment by Cheryl Kerber on March 28, 2011 at 2:25

Hey there Michael.  Totally understand the time bomb analogy which you will find pretty consistant with others on this site.  I have a dissected abdominal aortic aneurysm that took place when I was 38 and it's in the 4.3 to 4.9 range depending on which section and how they measure --- I'm now 45 but it is always there on my mind, pretty much all the time.

Did they say that your aneurysm is due to heredity since your mother had one?  They don't have a reason for mine - fluke maybe - I did end up with surgery to replace my descending thoracic aorta for a possible leak  right after they found the aneurysm (I went in for a cough and it showed up on the chest xray) - so it could be a congenital thing - especially since it doesn't run in my family, and none of my siblings have it.

Now, it's just staying on heart meds including a beta-blocker (even though I never had high blood pressure) as a maintenance/preventative.  Plus the scans every 6 months, which is nerve racking going in, and a release after you get the results that you are doing ok, until the next scan is due. 

At times, it is frustrating just because you know it is there, you don't know why, and there isn't much guidance as to how to prevent it from growing, dissecting, or bursting.

Glad to meet you -- wish of course it wasn't due to the "time bomb" of course.

Love to hear from you more!



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