Re: when does an aneurysm become an emergency
It is important to dig out those records of 15 years ago and see if there has been much of a change since then. With that deformed heart valve, I'm SURE they checked the size of his aorta when he was 18 and they did a heart workup. An expanding aneurism is a far greater emergency than one that is static, even if enlarged.
If there is no difference over the 15 years, then there will be less to worry about. But while awaiting surgery, make sure he takes BP meds to keep pressure low and have him do a lot of resting...no heavy lifting, excitement etc.
I am surprised they would wait so long to do something your cardio deems an "emergency."
Anyhoo, that 6.0 isn't HORRIBLY big just at the cusp of needing surgery.
(Consider that 5.9 and 6.2 as equivalent...no doctor has eyes that good.)
I presume he'll have the valve replaced at the same time?
Last edited by Lenin; 09-03-2006 at 04:57 AM.