My heart doctor says not to worry about them, but aneurysm's are nothing to take lightly, especially on the aortia. My head and arms tingle all the time. I have some swelling in my ankles. My pulse runs really low, 45-55 the biggest part of the time, when I am busy at work, it will go up to 60-65, but that is it. What should I do?
Well, I had an aortic root aneurysm and a bicuspid aortic valve that was basically useless it was leaking so much. In July 2005 I underwent open-heart surgery at St. Mary's Hospital / Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. I was 33. My aortic root aneurysm was 5.1 cm if I remember correctly. My surgeon said he could justify the surgery due to the root's diameter but I was actually the one who decided to proceed with surgery. Afterwards he told my wife that he was glad he did the surgery because when he touched the aneurysm it was thin and bulging and he didn't know how much time I would have had left had the surgery not been done. Now, I have a section of Dacron tubing and a mechanical aortic valve that are connected into one piece. I have to take warfarin for the rest of my life.
Honestly, I think I would consider finding a new cardiologist based on the question you posted. At 4 cm with two leaky valves, swelling in the ankles, tingling, and a low heart-rate (unless you are an athlete), I would be getting a second opinion. I'm surprised your doctor told you not to worry, based on what you said in your question. I'm no doctor, but I know what I would do. You have to be proactive with your health, as I learned. I guess I have some "heart experience" with what I've been through. Hope this helped and let me know if I can be of further help. Good luck.
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