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A 16-year-old female asked:

Very strong heart beat like pulse in stomach. left side. is this just my aorta? worried could be aaa. i'm 16 and female.

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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
AAA: It is very unlikely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 16 unless you have Marfans syndrome. A good history and physical is recommended
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Stop worrying: You are just feeling the pulsation of your abdominal aorta. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are rare in women under age 55 y/o and are 6 times more common in men than women. Particularly in smokers. In one population study of 6386 people there were NO abdominal aortic aneurysms under the age of 48 years old.

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Last updated Nov 19, 2020

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