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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 TMac, Community Member, asks

Q: Ascending aortic enlargement and dilation...

Hi, I had a mechanical aortic valve replacement in 3/2010. I was feeling pretty good until the last couple months, now I feel like I did before I had surgery. I had an echo yesterday and it shows enlargement in the ascending aorta measuring 4.1 cm in the mid ascending portion, it also shows dilation of the ascending aorta. What does all this mean?  Am I looking at another surgery in the future?  My symptoms have been water retention, painful legs, feet, spots on my legs, shortness of breath, a feeling of weight on my chest, and chronic fatigue. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, TMac

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5/25/11 7:18pm

Hi TMac,


I don't have an answer for you; however, here is a link to a site that may have the information you seek:


Heart Valve Replacement Education Center


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By TMac, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/25/11, First Published: 05/25/11