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No, I do not mind. My father had dysatonomia...usually low blood pressure and he recently died of an aneurysm of the aorta. The doctor that treated him for the dysautonomia stated that it was rare for those with low blood pressure to have the aneurysms of the aorta...I was just wondering if anyone else had any opinions or experiences. Seems to me that if there is constant variation in the blood flow through the vessels and the heart that this would weaken the vessel structures. Any thoughts?

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I'm so sorry for your recent loss of your father.

I'm not aware of any research that answers this question. Unfortunately there are a lot of unknowns about this condition--particuarly regarding long-term implications. At this point, according to my POTS specialist, there is no reason to believe that POTS brings on any life-threatening events (other than possibly fainting or falling and associated head injury). Of course, some of us do have problems with high blood pressure. As we know, there are long-term health implications associated with high blood pressure. Hopefully some day there will be more definitive answers to questions like yours.

One question--is an aortic aneurysm related to a heart valve problem? Or did you say valve when you meant vessel?

Katherine

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Aortic Aneurysm or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is a weak spot or bulge in the blood vessel. A high blood pressure usually makes it worse.

I don't think there is any research to say that there is a correlation between Aneursym and Dysautonomia. In fact I would down right be shocked if there was.

If your worried about it you can ask your doc :(

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Aneurysms can occur in any vessel. In my thirty years of nursing I never saw anyone who had posty sx if they had one. They are typically congenital and people can go a whole long time without any symptoms. Think John Ritter. I think the only link would be that sometimes they do run in families, not that they are pots related. Significant htn can exacerbate the problem, but I can't think that ans would. I'm thinking it was coincidental. I too am sorry for your loss. morgan p.s. they do not run in families often!

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