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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Valeried, Community Member, asks

Q: my husband had ongoing severe nose bleeds (front and back of nose) over three weeks.

 Heavy nose bleeds occurred about every other day followed by dry persistent cough.  After three weeks his nosebleeds was diagnosed as an aneurysm at the back of his nose and cauterised.  He continued to feel unwell for five weeks after the nose was cauterised and following an ECG carried out by the hospital he was admitted urgently to cardiac ward for triple bypass within days. Could an aneurysm and atherosclerosis be a symptom of heart disease? 

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7/14/10 1:08pm

Hi Valeried,

 

Yes, atherosclerosis is a sign of heart disease. I recommend discussing the cause of the aneurysm further with his physician.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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elsiemary, Community Member
7/15/10 7:28am

Thank you so much for your reply.  My husband attended Accident/Emergency Department dept twice over a period of 2 weeks with heavy [rear] nosebleeds.  No treatment was given but we were told go back and see our GP (doctor) and wait for referral to ENT [Ears Nose & Throat Consultant]. As it was near Christmas/New Year, we were told the appointment would not come through until mid January. My husband had suffered enough and I paid for him to see a private consultant who all within 45 minutes diagnosed an aneurysm, cauterised his nose. We were so relieved. However, by sheer chance my husband decided to ask for an ECG because he continued to feel unwell with a persistent cough, and was immediately diagnosed with heart disease. just after [they carried out triple bypass]. We realised it was serious and I am also aware he could have died if we had not taken this action. I feel angy and  I want to complain to our hospital because their A&E did not take him serious when he had the horrendous nosebleeds. I need information to help me understand the severity of it. Valerie.

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