Coping with Diagnosis

For patients and loved ones, a diagnosis of aortic disease is often unexpected and, for some, it is a confirmation the condition is present.  A diagnosis of aortic disease may cause a patients to feel scared and overwhelmed and learning about the disease can help mitigate some of the fear.  With today's advances in medical treatments and a skilled physician to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, some of these fears can be eased. 

There's a lot of information to absorb as well as lifestyle changes that have to be made. Treatment at the Aortic Program includes a liaison that works with our patients and families. Whether you are a patient or a friend or family member, questions are encouraged.

Providing answers to the following questions will help the team at the Aortic Program physicians start you on the right track. You will be asked:

  • Have you been told that you have an aneurysm or dilated aorta? Where is the aneurysm or aortic enlargement located?
  • How big is the aneurysm or enlargement? (The size is given in centimeters. There are 2.54 cm in one inch.)
  • Do you have any relatives who have or had an aneurysm?
  • Do you know of any close relative that died suddenly? Was the cause of death considered to be heart related?
  • Have you been told that you have a heart murmur or any problems with the valves of your heart? If so, do you know which valve or valves?