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I have an aortic aneurysm. I’m not sure where it came from but since I was diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy, I have developed a healthy skepticism about the cardiotoxicity of all the aggressive chemo I was prescribed.
Marfan’s Syndrome rums in my family. I have the idea in my head even if I am not formally diagnosed with it, that Marfan’s can affect my heart. And cardiotoxic chemo can negatively affect my heart further.
Ever since my diagnosis of CIC and Afib in late 2010 I have been living a heart healthy lifestyle including the nutritional supplementation below.
I am not saying that I am any sort of health professional nor am I saying that people with aortic aneurysms should not consider conventional therapies listed below.
I am simply explaining what I do, how I am managing my aortic aneurysm.
Several nutritional supplements are believed to support heart health. However, it’s important to note that individual needs may vary, and consulting with a healthcare professional before adding supplements to your routine is recommended. Here are some supplements that are commonly associated with heart health:
Are you a cancer survivor? Are you managing any long-term or late stage side effects from your cancer treatments? Let me know- David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com
“The diameter of thoracic aortic aneurysm (AA) is at least 1.5 times that of a normal thoracic aorta (1).
Patients with thoracic AA are at increased risk for aortic dissection if they have high blood pressure, especially not controlled, dyslipidemia, smoking, use of cocaine and other stimulants which increase aortic wall stress, weight lifting, trauma, aortic coarctation, pheochromocytoma, and disorders with abnormalities of the aortic media (3).
Other causes for thoracic aortic dissection are pregnancy, polycystic renal disease, chronic use of corticosteroids or immunosuppressant drugs, and aortic wall infections (3)…
If there are symptoms suggesting thoracic AA expansion, surgical intervention should be considered. If the ascending thoracic aorta or aortic sinus diameter is 5.5 cm or more in an asymptomatic surgical candidate who has a degenerative thoracic AA, chronic aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, mycotic aneurysm, or pseudoaneurysm, surgery should be performed (3).
Asymptomatic persons with genetic conditions such as Marfan’s syndromes should have elective surgery if their diameters are 4.0 to 5.0 cm depending on the disorder to prevent acute dissection or rupture (3,15,16)…
Asymptomatic persons with Marfan’s syndrome should be treated with surgical intervention if their ascending thoracic aortic diameter is 5.0 cm or more and with <5.0 cm if there is a family history of dissection or an increase in ascending thoracic aortic diameter greater than 0.5 cm per year (3)…”