Hi, I wanted to update everyone on my most recent cardiology results, appt, etc.
I have a new cardiologist (prior one retired). Radiologist said all looked well on my recent echo.. but alas, cardiologist looked at the echo and he said he measured it diff. I went from a 4.6 to 4.8 Aortic root dilation in the last 18mos (asc aorta dilation remained same at 3.9) . So we have a new regimen... started a statin (my cholesterol is fine, however i guess there is some type of benefit regarding ARD size and statin use -- and statin use also helps lower BP by a few points). He also increase BP meds. I was running 125/78 and i'm now running 107/60.. this might be too low as I now have headaches and i see there can be a correlation between low BP and headaches.
I have also reached out to the cleveland clinic (a 3 hr drive for me) -- thanks Steve Florkey for the suggestion. i have an appt in may. My thought is: 1) get a 2nd opinion. and 2) develop a relationship w/ them so that should i require surgery in the future, they are already familiar w/ me and my case. I will be sure to update all after that appt.
I'm so happy you're able to get a second opinion! Knowledge is empowering as you continue on this journey. (at least for me) You are your own advocate! Maybe I missed it, but do you have a support person you can talk to and just vent or bounce ideas with? Kindest regards and prayers for you,Debi :)