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aortic aneurysm
Posted by: Sharon
Date: August 22, 2003 5:36 PM

A close male relative, aged 57, has had an ascending aortic aneurysm measuring 5cm. It has remained the same size for 3 years. Which nutritional supplements will strengthen the vascular walls? Is it possible to reverse this condition without surgery? He is now taking various supplements including 6 grams of vitamin C per day with bioflavinoids. His heart itself is as strong as a horse except for this aneurysm. He has been overweight and has been treated for high cholesterol with Lipitor for a few years. Is there any connection between taking Lipitor and his aneurysm?

RE: aortic aneurysm
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 22, 2003 6:00 PM

Aortic aneurysm is a very dangerous condition. If it "dissects," that is if blood works it ways between the layers of the aorta, rupture of the wall of the aorta can occur and this can be a catastrophe leading to death. This could happen in the event that there is atherosclerosis (an plaque formation in the wall of the aneurysm) involved. Therefore it is critically important to remain aware of the condition of the aneurysm. So that said, as to Lipitor, if it has any effect, it should be a positive effect in terms of helping prevent progression. In my view, there are better ways to accomplish that which do not have the usual side-effects of Lipitor. However, as aortic aneurysm is an anatomical condition, only surgery would reverse the condition, but of course one must consider the risks of surgery before getting on that wagon. Nevertheless, as you have surmised, there are nutritional ways to help tip the scales in the direction of prevention of progression. Vitamin C and bioflavinoids top the list closely followed by Arginine and Hawthorne. But, one should not discount the full range of vitamins an minerals since the body uses all of those in repairing and maintaining tissues. In addition, adequacy of hormones, especially the anabolic hormones is very important. To really get the right program designed, I suggest you see a doc who is skilled in nutritional medicine. Also, chelation therapy on a regular basis could go a long way toward protecting this individual.

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