Aneurysm and Heart Failure

Six years ago I was diagnosed with an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm that is now 5.2 cm, and two years ago I was diagnosed with heart failure. I am 78 years old, and in spite of the above, I am in good health.

I can walk between 25 and 30 miles a week; shovel snow; mow the lawn with a walk-behind gas-powered mower that is not self-propelled, as well as a lot of other activities. Because of the risks of surgery for my aneurysm, I am currently choosing not to have the surgery.

When I look around at my friends who have poor or no quality of life, I feel dropping dead is not such a bad option. In the meantime, I am living the life I want for however much time I have left.

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