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Today is Topic Tuesday!

Today is Topic Tuesday at Aortic Hope!

๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ Courtesy of our collaboration with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, here are a list of questions you can bring with you to your appointment if you have been diagnosed with a TAA (Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm) or an AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) however eliminate the question about valve.

๐Ÿ“š We have also included a link to their site which offers a ton of information pertaining to thoracic aneurysms, dissections and more!

โ“ Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

1. Will my condition ever get better without treatment? Can it get worse?

2. Will I need surgery?

3. Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to avoid having surgery?

4. What are my options for replacement valves? What kind of valve do you recommend?

5. How often do you perform the procedure youโ€™ve recommended, and what is the success rate?

6. What are the potential side effects of this treatment?

7. Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?

8. Can you walk me through the entire treatment process?

9. How long will I be in the hospital?

10. Will I have any restrictions after treatment? (activity, driving, etc.)

11. How long will I be out of work?

12. Will I have to change my diet and/or lifestyle after treatment?

13. Will I have to take any long-term medications?

14. What will my follow-up care be like?

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