Mended Hearts Open Forum

  • 1.  ascending aortic aneurysm

    Posted 06-19-2020 23:03
    Hi--I'm a newbie to the group. I have had  ongoing crazy blood pressure issues, crappy family history, lots of med changes and finally had an echo; found out I have an ascending aortic aneurysm- 3.7.  I was diagnosed literally a week before all the COVID stuff shut everything down, so have just been dealing with reading lots of info online and sorting out priorities. I had my second appointment today and told my dr that I've been having a few times where its hard to breathe (but it could be COVID and masks or anxiety), and also some swelling in my feet and lower legs. I have never shied away from anything and was all ready to kind of push to an earlier surgery ( I'm only 63), but my dr was pretty up front about the dangers of surgery vs possible danger of dissection, so am resigned to the wait and see, get an echo, wait and see game. Lots of anxiety, and pretty sure no one really gets how serious this is. Am I crazy or did others feel under-appreciated with this diagnosis? Thanks--Melissa

    Melissa Karr
    Business owner/musician
    Iowa City IA