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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience in Cardiology
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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Moss
17 years experience in Cardiac Electrophysiology
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Multiple factors: Smoking and certain genetic factors contribute to the development of aortic aneurysm. Maintaining a normal cholesterol and lipid profile can help red ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience in Cardiology
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
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A 53-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
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Ellichman
21 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Congenital or acquir: There is a 10% family inheritance if you have a first degree relative with an aneurysm. There is a strong disposition between smoking and hypertensio ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience in Cardiology
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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
No: An aneurysm is a streching or dilating of a blood vessel. In the aorta, the increase in diameter is caused by changes in the wall itself which leads ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak answered
27 years experience in Vascular Surgery
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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience in Cardiology
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
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