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Old 08-31-2011, 10:33 AM
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AAA = Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Is AAA all that bad? Anyone had it? Apparently I've got it....
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:46 AM
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I've got two of them. I have a yearly ultrasound to see if they have "grown".

I guess if one of them ruptures, I'll be able to call 91.......................
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It's worth monitoring closely. If the aneurysm ruptures, you'd be lucky to even get to the phone, let alone dial 91... If the doctor says "this needs to be repaired", listen to him and don't delay.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:42 PM
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One of my Dad's Employees Husband had one and one day she came home and he was gone. So TAKE CARE of it Follow what the doc says ( He blew the Doc off BTW) At least that what she said he had. Just a thought
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If I remember correctly that is what killed Conway Twitty.
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It's worth monitoring closely. If the aneurysm ruptures, you'd be lucky to even get to the phone, let alone dial 91... If the doctor says "this needs to be repaired", listen to him and don't delay.





X2 My mother had surgery for AAA at 84 years old and survived. had some complications but came through OK.
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I've been an ER nurse for over 15 years and have seen quite a few in the process of rupturing. To the best of my knowledge only one has gotten out of the OR alive. I have witnessed patients having rupturing AAA's firsthand and can tell you it all takes place in a matter of minutes.Unless you are already in the OR when one ruptures your chances of surviving are slim. If you have one get it fixed ASAP.
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My uncle asked his doctor what would happen if he was on an airplane an his ruptured.

The dr. told him he would have 2 choices; either be buried or cremated

You might seek out a center of excellence for this condition.

Be well.
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I have an artificial aorta that was put in a year and a half ago. No problems now.
The Doctors words when she looked at the screen during the dye test was "how did you walk into my office". Have it fixed.
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My mom had a couple. They monitored them for several years before they finally said it's time to fix them. She's doing fine.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:38 PM
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If it dissects....you have about 3-4 minutes, maybe...we had one in the ER 3 weeks ago and he was dissecting right in front of us...he barely made it to the OR but he lived....pretty rare....
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Listen to Slickster. Get this fixed soon. My Great Uncle dropped in his front yard from a AAA. His was inoperable,however. He was going to a B-26 pilot reunion. His presence in our family has been greatly lost. Please see a cardiothoracic surgeon soon.
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Lost my Dad to 'inoperable' AAA in 2008.

He made it to 86.

I believe it may be hereditary.
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I think that if they measure more than 5cm....they get fixed...
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Garrett, good luck with this. sorry to hear your having medical issues. Like posted, get it fixed.
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AAA = Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Is AAA all that bad? Anyone had it? Apparently I've got it....
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:51 AM
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I've survived two ruptured aortic dissections. Still working full time, enjoying my wife, and getting out on the boat as often as possible.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by nocode View Post
Listen to Slickster. Get this fixed soon. My Great Uncle dropped in his front yard from a AAA. His was inoperable,however. He was going to a B-26 pilot reunion. His presence in our family has been greatly lost. Please see a cardiothoracic surgeon soon.
I was in to see him a 5-6 wks ago for a possible hernia and he ordered an ultrasound examination, it was that test that identified the AAA. I see the surgeon this coming Wed. Based off of the phone call from my MD last Tuesday a cat scan has been scheduled. Oh the hernia, apparently no problems there, it’s only a little tear smaller than a ¼” at the belly button.
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