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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Overview)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential rupture or other complication.


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Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Depends: An aortic aneurysm can be the result of inherited conditions like marfan's syndrome. Conversley, aortic aneurysms may appear 'de novo' in those without a family history and only clinical risk factors such as atherosclerosis and hypertension. Since the relationship between genetics and environment is complex, if there is a family history one should always be extra vigilant and monitor. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Overview)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential rupture or other complication.


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Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

Very different: An aneurysm is an enlargement or dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The flow of blood through the aneurysmal vessel usually remains normal. A blood clot is coagulated blood inside the artery...This impedes blood flow and usually leads to symptoms of ischemia in the part of the body the artery supplies. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

No: An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms ... Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read more

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Are intermittent sharp pains signs of aneurysm?

Are intermittent sharp pains signs of aneurysm?

Many causes for pain: Pain (depending on the location-- head, chest, stomach) has different causes. Intermittent sharp pains are more consistent with a local process that irritates the nerve. This is usually due to muscles. If you have concerns about the pains, or if you have other risk factors for aneurysm (family history or are a smoker), then you should make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Usually not: Typically, an abdominal aneurysm causes no symptoms until it ruptures or rapidly expands. In the event of rupture, the pain is sudden and severe. Some enlarging aneurysms can cause back pain or flank pain, but that is less common. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family history of aneurysm, smoking or htn. Ascending aneurysms and para visceral (upper abdomen) aneurysms are probably the most challenging to repair. ...Read more

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What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

Athersclerosis: Combination of genetics and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis results from smoking and unhealthy eating. ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm. ...Read more

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What causes aortic aneurysm?

What causes aortic aneurysm?

Known risk factors: Certain aneurysms are caused by genetic predispositions that is caused by such conditions as marfan's syndrome. Otherwise the usual cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and smoking. ...Read more

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What is a dissecting aortic aneurysm?

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What is a dissecting aortic aneurysm?

Serious condition: An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate. If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%. ...Read more

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How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

Depends on size: Ct or mr angiograms are good screening tools, and surgeons are using cta to plan surgery instead of angiograms. If you have an aneurysm, there is a certain chance that it will grow over time. How fast it grows is not predictable. If you don't have an aneurysm, you should have your doctor look for other reasons for headaches. ...Read more

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Can an echo detect abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can an echo detect abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Ultrasound, not echo: Aortic ultrasound or sonogram is commonly used to diagnose aaa, abdominal aortic aneurysm. Echo is specifically used to assess the heart: valves, chambers, ejection fraction, wall motion. ...Read more

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Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Marfan syndrome: It sounds like you suspect you may have marfan. Your doctor will address your concerns, and conduct a workup based on his evaluation. Aortic aneurysm is indeed something to be concerned about in these patients. I compliment you on your research. Echocardiogram, ct are relatively low risk for the diagnostic benefit and early fix, so if your doc recommended them, i'd strongly consider. ...Read more

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