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Aortic aneurysm

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Large aorta: An aortic aneurysm is an aorta which is larger than it should be. This is typically due weakness of the walls of the aorta. This weakness can be sec... Read More
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Weak wall: The aorta is a living pipe. It has 3 layers, the inner layer or intima, the middle layer or media were some muscle like cells dwell and the adventitia... Read More
Dr. Joshua Moss
Cardiac Electrophysiology 18 years experience
The aorta: The aorta is the large, main artery that carries blood from the heart. An aneurysm (a portion that dilates or expands to a larger than normal diamete... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: An aortic aneurysm can be the result of inherited conditions like marfan's syndrome. Conversley, aortic aneurysms may appear 'de novo' in those withou... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not really: Some increased incidence in some families. Also marfan, , ehrlos danlos and some congenital. The dominant number of AAA seem related to age, athe... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
No: It will only get larger and eventually rupture or causes material inside the aneurysm to go into the leg arteries potentially causing need for amputat... Read More
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
NO: Only when it is surgically excissed.
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Some, after treated: AAA do not disappear spontaneously. They can be removed and replaced during open surgery. Aortic stent grafts (minimally invasive repair) do not usual... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Dilated aorta: An aortic aneurysm is an aorta which is larger than it is supposed to be. "acute" refers to the sudden onset of symptoms. The aneurysm can cause pain... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Several things: About 5% of men over the age of 65 have abdominal aortic aneurysms. Risk factors include: increasing age, male sex, family history of aneurysm (may in... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Below the kidneys: An infrarenal aortic aneurysm is a dilation of the aorta below the renal (kidney) arteries. This section of the aorta is located in the abdomen.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Aortic Aneurysms: It is not entirely clear exactly what causes aortic aneurysms, but we know of a few risk factors, probably the most significant of which is smoking. O... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
No but its not rare: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic . An aneurysm is defined as an enlargement of the aorta 1.5 x the normal diameter. The incide... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Ultrasound: A high quality abdominal ultrasound is the best test to exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Don't delay and get checked out today! good luck!
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Silent killer: Unlike many medical issues, vascular diseases are often silent/symptom free until the "event". No warning symptoms. The "event" associated with aaa/ab... Read More

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