I have an ascending aortic aneurysn (4.5 cm), plus 3 leaky heart valves. My cardiologist says not to worry, when I ask how bad the valves are leaking, he said they are acceptable. I an 54 years old, never smoked, never drank alcohol, never used drugs, etc, 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? I have an Friend who is an RN Supervisor, who says I should be concerned.
Hello there I am sorry to hear about your situation. I have a Thoracic Aortic Aeurysm measuring at last ct scan 4.2mm at the aortic root with mild tricuspid valve regurgitation. It is so important to find a cardiologist you like and trust and who doesn't just try and get you in and out without answering all of your questions and concerns (easier said than done I know) but from what I have been told by my cardiologist he told me no lifting more than 25 lbs, keep track of my blood pressure daily if it starts to consistently get over 120/80 then I will be put on bp meds I am a personal trainer and do a lot of cardio so my blood pressure is always around 114/65 do i hope to stay off bp meds. As far as the valve regurgitation he said nothing can be done about it at this time since it is mild and not causing symptoms I wish I could help you more on that one.. I get an echo and ct scan every 6 months to recheck it's size. I am not able to have surgery in till the 5.0 Mark which scares me because many dissection cases have happened under that size. So it's hard you always have this anxiety in the back of your mind that today is the day something bad happens. It is obviously not good to live this way and for the most part I can keep it in the back of my mind but sometimes it's just to much to handle. I hope this helped even a little bit of you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask.
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