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A 67-year-old female asked:

I have an ascending aortic aneursym and have a bad cold with persistent cough. can it cause problems with the aneursym?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
How big?: Can you re-ask and advise the size of the aneurysm? Thanks
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
Mostly not: increased chest pressure with cough usually does not affect the statue of thoracic aneurysm .only blood pressure systolic and diastolic could affect it.but the size and the location of the thoracic aneurysm will affect the chance of any leak or rupture.as long as your cough is not affecting your blood pressure it should not be a big problem.check with your PCP please.

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