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Coping with Heart Problems

Posted Dec 07 2010 8:44pm

My husband and I recently experienced a life-changing experience. While heart disease was a part of his past, it made an ugly reappearance with his diagnosis of an aortic aneurysm.

The ironic thing is that he had been coping well with heart problems. He was on a beta blocker which kept is blood pressure well under control. The kicker was the exercise. We had both decided to ramp up our cardio workouts. While exercising, he failed his own stress test which brought us to emergency.

For those of you who don’t know what an aortic aneurysm is, basically it is a swelling of the aorta. The aorta is one of the major blood vessels of the heart . The cause of the swelling is unknown. What is known however, is that it can possibly rupture or dissect. Either scenario is fatal most often. The option is open heart surgery.

Needless to say, this has changed our world. Coping with heart problems like high blood pressure or cholesterol is one thing. Faced with the possibility of surgery is quite another.

We’ve gone through the normal process of grief at our loss of innocence with the disbelief, anger, tears and depression. We both are not mentally prepared, but closer. The surgery is scheduled for January. I have a feeling that this blog will be very therapeutic.

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