Patient Comments: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - Experience

Please describe your experience with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Comment from: Kel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I just want to try and make everybody as aware of this condition as I can! I am a 27-year-old female and am a very healthy and active individual. I went to the doctor with abdominal and back pain just last week because I could not take the pain anymore. He felt my abdomen and sent me off to get an ultrasound. He called me back into his office two days later and explained to me that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and that they were sending me to see a specialist. I was in complete shock! Had I not gone in for the pain, and if it had just gone away on its own, I would have had no idea! I'm still completely shocked at the news. As rare as it is that I do have it at this age, it still can happen. I encourage everybody to go get themselves checked out!

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Comment from: Stan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I am a 67-year-old male with a family history of high cholesterol and have had heart problems since I was in my early 40s. I have had three coronary bypass surgeries, and I suffered one heart attack about seven years ago. I also had atrial fibrillation about 10 years ago and had an ablation to resolve the problem. With all of my heart problems, I have been on Statins and Niacin for my cholesterol since my 40s. I am also taking Beta Blockers, although I never did have high blood pressure. Seven years ago during a routine medical exam, my cardiologist commented that I had a "pulsating abdominal aorta." This did not mean much to me at the time, but over the next several years, he continued to check and measure in the area of the aorta on my abdomen. About three years ago, I had a CT scan of my pelvis and abdomen done because I had a high reading on a PSA test. It turned out that the high PSA was caused by a bladder infection, but it also highlighted the aortic aneurysm and gave a reading of 4.5 cm. My doctors informed me that they would monitor the aneurysm with regular CT scans every six months. I have been getting these scans since then and the aneurysm is stable. My last exam this month showed it was 4.4 to 4.7 cm. My cardiologists say that I am a candidate for a stent if and when the aneurysm enlarges to 5.0 cm or larger. I recommend a scan for everyone who is at risk for an aneurysm.

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Comment from: Papa, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 03

My husband had his abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2013, he is fine now, and everything went fine. His only big problem is he has a huge bulge on that side of his stomach that does not hurt, but he is so embarrassed about. He is alive and healthy, but this really upsets him.

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Comment from: savannah, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My sister-in-law has 2 abdominal aortic aneurysms. One is 5.0 cm now. She has been monitored for the last 2 years. She was referred by her vascular doctor to a Medical Center. He told her she is at high risk for surgery. She is a smoker, and has high blood pressure and cholesterol. He told her this past Friday that her arteries were too narrow in her legs to do the stent surgery. He said he would get with his other doctors next week about her prognosis. He told her if she didn't hear back from him, that he would do another CT scan in six months. I love my sister-in-law and none of us want to lose her.

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Comment from: pinky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I just got out of ICU with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) this past week. It was discovered when I checked myself into the emergency room (ER) with a stomachache. I am also in perfect health and a marathon runner. Now the doctors told me no more running or heavy lifting or any extreme exercise. I'm so afraid to go back to the gym or do anything. I don't want this condition taking over my active life.

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Comment from: vet69729, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I fell 10 feet from the top of a folding attic ladder in July 2012. I ended up with a # 9 fractured rib at that time. During the course up until the present day, I encountered foot numbness and neuropathy pain and last September an MRI found an abdominal aortic aneurysm 4.5 cm in size. The Veteran Affairs won't touch it until it reaches 5.0. I'm wondering if there is anything that would reduce this without any surgery, such as C2O2.

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