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    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm ultra-sound exam

    So when I got my physical three weeks ago my docs told me that now that I'm over sixty-five I need to have this exam to see if there's an aneurysm in my aorta since, many years ago, I once smoked, and even more importantly my dad passed away from this condition. Apparently it's a serious deal, with 150,000 people dying annually from it. Mortality rate is over 90%.

    Well because I'm a really healthy guy -- work out six times a week, eat clean, etc., etc. -- for the last few weeks I haven't been concerned. Then -- POOF! -- the exam's this morning. So last night I do the one thing my docs always tell me not to do: I start researching on the web. Geez, talk about a sleepless night.

    Had the exam this morning and they said I'm fine, never need to have it again and that, after the grueling physical I went through a couple of weeks ago, I'm looking at making it to my late nineties. I told them that's good since my target is 106.

    All joking aside, AAA is a really serious condition and the simple non-invasive ten-minute exam is suggested for all men over 65 who have ever smoked, no matter how long ago. The nice part is Medicare picks up the cost if you're over sixty-five.

    I know there aren't a lot of orgers around here that are over sixty-five like me. But I also know you've got dads -- oddly, the exam isn't recommended for women, So I'll recommend, if you've got a dad over sixty-five, that you suggest the exam for them. The overwhelming majority of people get negative results, which is good -- i.e., you don't have the condition. But on the chance it's found they do have the condition, it can be corrected. I sure wish my dad had had the exam when he turned sixty-five.
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    Glad you passed! Passion for life is an excellent thing and you're packed full of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    So when I got my physical three weeks ago my docs told me that now that I'm over sixty-five I need to have this exam to see if there's an aneurysm in my aorta since, many years ago, I once smoked, and even more importantly my dad passed away from this condition. Apparently it's a serious deal, with 150,000 people dying annually from it. Mortality rate is over 90%.

    Well because I'm a really healthy guy -- work out six times a week, eat clean, etc., etc. -- for the last few weeks I haven't been concerned. Then -- POOF! -- the exam's this morning. So last night I do the one thing my docs always tell me not to do: I start researching on the web. Geez, talk about a sleepless night.

    Had the exam this morning and they said I'm fine, never need to have it again and that, after the grueling physical I went through a couple of weeks ago, I'm looking at making it to my late nineties. I told them that's good since my target is 106.

    All joking aside, AAA is a really serious condition and the simple non-invasive ten-minute exam is suggested for all men over 65 who have ever smoked, no matter how long ago. The nice part is Medicare picks up the cost if you're over sixty-five.

    I know there aren't a lot of orgers around here that are over sixty-five like me. But I also know you've got dads -- oddly, the exam isn't recommended for women, So I'll recommend, if you've got a dad over sixty-five, that you suggest the exam for them. The overwhelming majority of people get negative results, which is good -- i.e., you don't have the condition. But on the chance it's found they do have the condition, it can be corrected. I sure wish my dad had had the exam when he turned sixty-five.
    I am 38 and had an ascending aortic aneurism when I was 36. I am a vegetarian, and an athlete that works out religiously 6 days a week. I was working out one day and thought I was having a heart attack. Luckily they found the aneurism before it ruptured. I was another minute of working out away from the grave. I had open heart surgery and they replaced the aortic artery and replaced my mitral valve with a mechanical one. The reason I had the aneurism in the first place was of a birth defect (defective valve). I'm all fixed now, and one blood thinners for the rest of my life. I continue to work out 6 days a week and eat healthy.... But you just never really know what life has in store for you.

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    Wow! That's an amazing story, Turk81! You're truly blessed. Such a small survival rate even before they get to the hospital once it ruptures.

    I'm so pleased you're well now and are able to pursue your healthy lifestyle.

    My entire family will say prayers for your continuing good health at our breakfast meal tomorrow.

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    I am 38 and had an ascending aortic aneurism when I was 36. I am a vegetarian, and an athlete that works out religiously 6 days a week. I was working out one day and thought I was having a heart attack. Luckily they found the aneurism before it ruptured. I was another minute of working out away from the grave. I had open heart surgery and they replaced the aortic artery and replaced my mitral valve with a mechanical one. The reason I had the aneurism in the first place was of a birth defect (defective valve). I'm all fixed now, and one blood thinners for the rest of my life. I continue to work out 6 days a week and eat healthy.... But you just never really know what life has in store for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Wow! That's an amazing story, Turk81! You're truly blessed. Such a small survival rate even before they get to the hospital once it ruptures.

    I'm so pleased you're well now and are able to pursue your healthy lifestyle.

    My entire family will say prayers for your continuing good health at our breakfast meal tomorrow.
    Thank you. I appreciate it. Yeah... It was a pretty scary experience. I was in the hospital 10 days. Had surgery on Christmas Eve 2014. It pretty surreal now... My heart ticks like a watch because the valve is made of metal. You can here it loud and clear from across a room. 35 years, played sports all my life, had a physical almost every year, and never knew I had a birth defect. The cardiologist knew it immediately just listening to the heartbeat. Keep working towards that 106

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turk81 View Post
    Thank you. I appreciate it. Yeah... It was a pretty scary experience. I was in the hospital 10 days. Had surgery on Christmas Eve 2014. It pretty surreal now... My heart ticks like a watch because the valve is made of metal. You can here it loud and clear from across a room. 35 years, played sports all my life, had a physical almost every year, and never knew I had a birth defect. The cardiologist knew it immediately just listening to the heartbeat. Keep working towards that 106
    The entire situation was scary and glad you're doing fine. But this bit in bold scares me

    That's the reason I get physicals now, to make sure I don't have some unknown impending doom lingering somewhere inside me. Scary to know they could miss something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dice View Post
    The entire situation was scary and glad you're doing fine. But this bit in bold scares me

    That's the reason I get physicals now, to make sure I don't have some unknown impending doom lingering somewhere inside me. Scary to know they could miss something like that.
    Yep, I guess that's what separates a Family practitioner's med school degree from a specialist like a cardiologist.

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    Definitely glad you passed!
    And don't spend too much time letting what you read on the internet freak you out. No reason stressing one's self out about a "what if" scenario if you don't have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    Definitely glad you passed!
    And don't spend too much time letting what you read on the internet freak you out. No reason stressing one's self out about a "what if" scenario if you don't have to.
    I used to try not to but since then I've had my 25 year old brother-in-law nearly die from blood clot to his lung, a 34 year old acquaintance have open heart surgery, and a old high school friend die of an aneurysm.

    I don't want to needlessly worry but I also don't want to miss warning signs of something that might be a big deal later on.

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    I agree with my good friend Dice on this. It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't have picked up on it sooner. Our Alex had a heart murmur as an infant and our Zoe had a kidney problem at 2. Thankfully both were resolved as a result of catching them early.

    Imo someone should have picked up on your condition much earlier and suggested AAA ultrasounds ever few years to make sure it wasn't getting worse.

    Family practitioners are amazing individuals and can do 90% of the work required to keep us in good health. But when it comes to physicals IMO you need to have specialists in certain areas that are looking at you, and looking at you thoroughly.

    Anyway, thank heavens for the positive outcome.

    And JVS is definitely right about the internet. It's one of may great flaws that I delve so deeply into medical matters there. There's so much conflicting advice -- vitamins are good, vitamins are useless. Cut fat, only use dairy containing fat. Meat's bad, meat's good and my favorite -- whole grain bread is good for you, whole grain bread is a nightmare on the digestive track.

    My advice: eat clean, at least five days of vigorous exercise every week, two glasses of wine a night and strong and frequent pursuit of activities that significantly reduce stress...if ya get my drift.

    If, like me, you feel compelled to do med research online, I suggest sticking to webmd.com, mayoclinic.com (mayo.com, btw, will take you to Hellman's mayonnaise site ) and livestrong.com. Some will argue against Livestrong, suggesting that they're kind of the Wikipedia of health issues, but that's kind of why I like them. They're not my absolute authority, but they're helpful on a wider range of subjects.

    Stay well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dice View Post
    The entire situation was scary and glad you're doing fine. But this bit in bold scares me

    That's the reason I get physicals now, to make sure I don't have some unknown impending doom lingering somewhere inside me. Scary to know they could miss something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    I agree with my good friend Dice on this. It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't have picked up on it sooner. Our Alex had a heart murmur as an infant and our Zoe had a kidney problem at 2. Thankfully both were resolved as a result of catching them early.

    Imo someone should have picked up on your condition much earlier and suggested AAA ultrasounds ever few years to make sure it wasn't getting worse.

    Family practitioners are amazing individuals and can do 90% of the work required to keep us in good health. But when it comes to physicals IMO you need to have specialists in certain areas that are looking at you, and looking at you thoroughly.

    Anyway, thank heavens for the positive outcome.

    And JVS is definitely right about the internet. It's one of may great flaws that I delve so deeply into medical matters there. There's so much conflicting advice -- vitamins are good, vitamins are useless. Cut fat, only use dairy containing fat. Meat's bad, meat's good and my favorite -- whole grain bread is good for you, whole grain bread is a nightmare on the digestive track.

    My advice: eat clean, at least five days of vigorous exercise every week, two glasses of wine a night and strong and frequent pursuit of activities that significantly reduce stress...if ya get my drift.

    If, like me, you feel compelled to do med research online, I suggest sticking to webmd.com, mayoclinic.com (mayo.com, btw, will take you to Hellman's mayonnaise site ) and livestrong.com. Some will argue against Livestrong, suggesting that they're kind of the Wikipedia of health issues, but that's kind of why I like them. They're not my absolute authority, but they're helpful on a wider range of subjects.

    Stay well.
    Yep. You would have thought someone would have picked up on it in my past. It was a murmur from a valve defect. The cardiologist in the ER heard it immediately.

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    Thank heavens it has worked out to the best for you. I am of the belief that there is a plan to life and thus I feel your unlikely survival indicates you have some powerfully impactful thing to accomplish. I respectfully suggest that you spend some time thinking about this.

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    Yep. You would have thought someone would have picked up on it in my past. It was a murmur from a valve defect. The cardiologist in the ER heard it immediately.

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