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Just diagnosed with "slightly enlarged aorta" at 3.7cm

I am a 46 year old, reasonably healthy woman (5'1", a bit overweight at 150). A few weeks ago, I had my first abnormal EKG during a standard physical. I was sent to a cardiologist who did an extensive echo and diagnosed me with a slightly enlarged aorta (3.7; she said that 3.5 is normal), and a light aortic regurgitation. Naturally, I'm freaked out by this. It is not helped by the fact that I've had mild and infrequent pulsing in my belly, but only after caffeine.
I have no family history of aortic illness or aneurysm, except for my great grandfather who died suddenly in his 40s around 1917 or so, and we have no idea from what. I have been taking Crestor 10 mg, Diovan 160 and Toprol 50 XL for around 4 years, ever since it was discovered that my bp had spiked tremendously while at work. At home, it measures around 110/73 on average, but it's still higher at work; my doc does not want to up the dosage, for fear that I'll pass out at the office.
Questions: Is 3.7 cm classified as an aneurysm? Has anyone had any experiences with alternative treatments (in addition to the meds above) in keeping an enlargement from growing? Am I walk time bomb?
Thanks---
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