Thank you for your post. I too am diabetic. I am of normal weight and have a long history of hypertension dating back to my early 20s. So far the aneurysm is holding at 4.6 cm so no surgery is planned. I'm glad to hear the surgical process was straight forward for you. I also will need both the aneurysm and aortic valve replaced when the time for surgery comes.That makes me a lot more comfortable. Knowing that the procedure can be perfomed without much incidence is really good to know. I hope you continue to heal without complication.View Thread
Hi TX, I too have an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm. It is 4.6 cm and my aortic valve is compromised. I too was shocked when I was diagnosed. For me it was a routine chest exray that spotted the abnormal aortic size. First, don't panic. Start with your PCP and ask him/her if a referal to a cardiothoracic surgeon is needed. If not, you'll probably get an echo, and either a chest CT scan or cardiac MRI on a regular basis. For me it was every 3 months until it was determined mine was stable. Now it is every year. Your Drs will observe the aneurysm to be sure it's not increasing in size. When they are satisfied that it is in fact stable, they will monitor you. You get used to it. I like my cardiovascular surgeon. He's a good guy. The things you can do are manage your weight, blood pressure, and eliminate other risk factors that increase the likelyhood that the aneurysm will increase in size. Please don't panic. It's all about monitoring and doing your part.