Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is a silent killer that can take your life without any warning signs. Aortic Aneurysm survivor, Hector, advises all men over the age of 40 to get an annual vascular screening to make sure your veins and arteries are functioning well.
Here, he shares his story:
“My name is Hector, I live in Tampa, Florida.
Seven years ago, my family doctor discovered that I have AAA, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and my doctor sent me for an MRI test which was conducted immediately. They referred me to Dr. Thomas Kerr which was my vascular doctor then and he intervened me with a couple of stents two years in a row, but the AAA was still leaking.
So the alternative that was recommended with Dr. Wright was for him to intervene me by opening my chest at that time. From there, I consented to having a second opinion because I was afraid of it.
I had no idea that I had this tremendous disease which is very fatal for most people. And if I didn’t take care of it at that moment…I lectured myself on it, I studied myself on it, I learned a little bit more about the disease. This disease comes and it’s a silent killer.
I advise everyone who is viewing this video…Go to your doctor, have an X-Ray, an MRI because you can’t see it, you can’t touch it unless you have these types of examinations.
Then, the last resource that I had, Dr. Wright told me, was they had to have an open chest surgery for me. I was very afraid to do it.
I consented to do it. I was afraid of leaving my family, my grand daughters and I was afraid to leave this world.
So I was comforted that Dr. Wright has a very good practice in that. He made me feel very safe, very comfortable with this situation and we proceeded with the surgery.
It was done, performed perfectly. But he did tell me that it was very difficult for him because it was very challenging – one of the most challenging surgeries he’s ever had, especially on a person my age. Right now, today I am 72 years old, going to be 73 soon, but I’m still here. And thanks to Dr. Wright, I feel comfortable that I can recommend The Vein and Vascular Institute to anyone who is watching this video.
Therefore, I’m saying, God bless Dr. Wright – I’m here.
In addition, it’s important to remember that since this is the “silent killer”. Doctors and scientists say that this is hereditary either from your mother and family. You especially increase your percentage of having this disease if you smoke or you drink. Most people, we take life so simple that we don’t worry about those things.
People think “I have no pain”, well no pain can cause this and may be fatal for you.
Several famous people have died from this disease unexpectedly. Actors have died on stage, singers have died singing, family men have died at the table, collapsing in front of somebody else or collapsing while driving and killing other people.
That’s very important for you to remember, please do it.
It especially affects men over 40. Don’t wait too long and see your doctor. And have your abdomen checked once a year, at least, and follow the instructions, step by step.”
If you think you’re at risk of developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm or an abdominal aortic aneurysm then you should get a vascular screening as soon as possible because early detection can save your life.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, our vascular surgeons can repair your aneurysm applying their tremendous expertise and the most sophisticated surgical techniques available anywhere.
If you are male and over the age of 40, take the advice of Hector. Schedule a vascular screening to make sure you haven’t started to develop a potentially fatal aortic aneurysm.
When discovered at its early stages, AAA Repair can be performed using simple, minimally invasive procedures that require a very small incision and very little recovery time.
However, as Hector describes, if discovered at its later stages, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair may require open chest surgery which is much more involved and requires several weeks of recovery.
So, please do not delay. Here at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Spring Hill we recommend regular vascular consultations with your vascular surgeon to help you stay healthy and enjoy the best quality of life possible. Give us a call at (352) 505-1737 to schedule a consultation with one of our Board Certified Vascular Surgeons to determine whether you are at risk of developing a potentially fatal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm because your vascular health matters to us.