Cardiology Questions? Ask a Cardiologist for Answers ASAP.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
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Hi I'm Dr. Phil
Can i ask your first name?
Hi Dr Phil, Thanks for trying to help me with my queries :)
No problem :)
Nice to meet you
two important questions
1)where in the aorta is it?
2)how large is it now?
on the top branch where it enters the heart
I was told 3cms
that is very smalll
has it grown recently?
not been checked for 6 months but not at that time
how long have you known about it?
and has it been 3 cm that whole time?
I didnt know how large at all when I was diagnosed as my Dad had passed from one and my broither had one, it was a bit of a shock that I may be going thr same way as my brothers ruptured when in his 20's and nearly killed him so Cardio didnt tell me the size it was for some months..I have a 6 month check for my heart valves and he told me he would tell me when it reached 5cms and so far he hasnt said it has I am due a visit in the next month
3cms was what it was when he saw it
The bad news is that women is at higher risk of rupture
however, your aneurysm is small
small and stable is key
So I think you are very low risk of rupture
How far are you from the hospital if you move?
i am quite stoic about it now and accepting and it doesn't bother me ..never think about it but have had to consider this move as i dont want to be in a lovely place with no cardio care if it is really going to make any difference..if I will just go suddenly then I might as well enjot what life I have left..although I know there are conditions it can cause but not sure exactly what can be done about them..i am under the imptression its not in an operable place..or was that me misreading my cardiologists grim looks? lol
I really don't think this is too dangerous
I would be 41 miles from a non specialist hospital and 3 hours from a Cradio specialising hospital
okay so taking yearly trips would be fine
* cardio specialising
I really think it is fine to move
thinking of a home move there
cardiologist didnt think its a good idea
I guess he expects problems
well live your life and watch it closely
as long as it is watched yearly you will be fine
Yes, OK :) the only question I really have is, could they do anything really if when it enlarges,if I dont die immediately? I might as well live where we want to be ? Its by the sea... I am looking to discover really if it really is something that possibly could be a recoverable situation ...if not I might as well die having had a lovely retirement if you understand my meaning!
of course they can do something if it enlarges!
surgery is common for this these days
Even on the aortic branch?
into the heart
Oh Ok I see:)
they can basically graft the whole artery if needed!
It is called an elephant trunk procedure
I thought it was an incurable place. Ok thanks that is good news. I'm in UK is that done here ?
any cardiology hospital will do this
the UK has great doctors
Fine great news
then this is why my Cardio thinks I should live within a short distance of a specialist centre.
I don't think so
you can go for regular checkups
What symptoms or problems do they throw up as they enlarge?
there are no symptoms
you simply need to watch it via ultrasound
Ok yes and they would elect to operate as it enlarged? Thanks for this info , obviously my Dr thinks I am a mind reader lol
Thanks very much you have been very helpful :)
would you mind rating positive for me?
I guess one question is how well does a succesful recovery go? Would I be able to live a reasonable life after a successful operation?
No positive is all i will rate you..wonderful !!
if you get surgery the outcomes are good
Ok thanks very much:)
please don't forget the all important rating
I appreciate it
Have a good night and you have made my day!!
No I will do it now, Thanks again