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ENLARGED ASCENDING AORTA
I AM SEEKING INFORMATION RELATED TO AN ASCENDING AORTIC ENLARGEMENT.  I AM A 47 YEAR OLD "HEALTH NUT" NATURAL BODYBUILDER. I WAS DIAGNOSED AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH A 4.4 CM. ASCENDING AORTA. I WAS TOLD TO STOP WEIGHT LIFTING BECAUSE OF THE DANGER OF A TEAR IN THE ARTERY. DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW OF A CASE SIMILAR TO MINES AND IF THERE IS ANY CARDIOLOGIST OUT THERE SPECIALIZING IN ATHLETES?

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SAUL
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It's unfortunate for you, since you are a body builder, but yes - it's a very good idea to suspend that altogether. That doesn't mean that you can't work out, even vigorously - but not with weights. It's standard procedure, and every cardiologist and/or surgeon will tell you so most likely. (I had an ascending aortic aneurysm repaired last year)
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Try Richard Devereaux or John Elefteriades.  You can Google their names.

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