I posted earlier but not sure if it went through. I apologize if there are two. A dialation was found back in June of 4.2 as an incidental finding on a calcium CT. THE calcium score was zero which is great but the dilation has me very shook up. A cardiologist has referred me to a cardio-thoracic surgeon so they can follow me going forward. There are no other heart problems, no high BP that has ever been noted, no family history, no connective tissue disease. I am overweight but not obese and do have high triglycerides.
I am so sad and frankly in a bit of shock. I really don't take any meds although the cardiologist put me on a low dose beta blocker now. I feel like a sickly person. I am 63.
any words of encouragement or advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm terrified of dropping dead. I see a surgeon in September so that I can be put on the follow up schedule.
I was diagnosed in February with a bicuspid valve, moderate stenosis and a 4.8 cm aneurysm of the ascending aorta! I was stunned and terrified and so incredibly sad! I was referred to a cardiologist and he did an CT and they said it was really at 4.6. Still didn't make me feel any better and I am not to thrilled with my cardiologist either. I have my 6 month follow up today and another scan to see if it has grown or not. I have become so much more relaxed about it. You will find as time goes on that you will too. I haven't even been referred to a surgeon. I hope once you talk with them you will understand more and be able to relax a bit. Take the meds, ask every question you want even if it sounds silly!!! And if for any reason you are not happy with your team then by all means find another. Today will be my 2nd meeting with my cardiologist and if I am not happy with him I will be looking for a new one. I pray you can relax a bit as it's important for your health an mental health as well. Take care, keep us posted and ask anything of us you wish!!