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Dr. Scott Keith
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Can a young person die from aaa?

Can a young person die from aaa?

Yes: Any person with a AAA can die. Typically the larger the aneurysm, the greater the risk. Younger individuals, especially less than 40, typically do not have significant aneurysms without a familial cause such as marfan's or ehlers danlos and in these patient the aneurysms can be fatal. ...Read more

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2.5 AAA ..... Where do I go from here?

2.5 AAA ..... Where do I go from here?

2.5 cm aaa: For a 65 yo woman with a 2.5 cm aorta (not really an aneursym), the chance of this rupturing in your lifetime is well under 1%. I would typically repeat the ultrasound in 1 year, and with no enlargement, you are probably very safe. ...Read more

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What should we expect to happen after repair of aaa?

What should we expect to happen after repair of aaa?

Depend: Did you have traditional open AAA repair or the endoluminal stent graft repair through the groin incision only. With the stent graft repair, the recovery should be much faster and you should resume normal activity within a week or two. ...Read more

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I have terrible pain. Is it probable I have an aaa?

I have terrible pain. Is it probable I have an aaa?

Unlikely: Given your age, without a significant history of a connective tissue disorder, this is very very unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it possible for AAA repairs to leak?

Is it possible for AAA repairs to leak?

Yes: Probably you are thinking of endoleak following stent graft repair for aaa. What this means is that there is persistent blood flow into the excluded aneurysm sac after the stent graft is placed. It is not leaking outside the aaa, just outside the stent graft. There are several types, some require treatment and others do not. Your surgeon will be able to explain your specific case. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between migraines and aaa?

Is there a relationship between migraines and aaa?

No: No, there is no well established relationship between migraines and aaas. Symptoms of rupture are excrutiating abdominal/flank or back pain, and shock.The greatest risk factors for aaas are age >65, smoking, male gender, and a family history. People with connective tissue disorders (marfan's syndrome / ehlers-danlos syndrome) are also at greater risk. Ultrasounds are a great screening modality. ...Read more

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How does a ruptured AAA cause dizziness?

How does a ruptured AAA cause dizziness?

Low blood pressure : When a AAA ruptures there is a significant amount of bleeding that occurs. This causes a dramatic drop in blood pressure often leading to hemorrhagic shock. This is what causes lightheaded ness / dizziness. ...Read more

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How long should I be in the hospital after a repair of my ruptured aaa?

How long should I be in the hospital after a repair of my ruptured aaa?

Just long enough : This is a better question for the surgeon who saved your life and comes to check on you every day. ...Read more

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Dr. John Gore
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Medicare (Definition)

Medicare is a federal program that pays for certain health care expenses of individuals who are 65 years or older. It is divided into three parts, with Part A covering hospital bills, Part B covering doctor bills, and Part C providing the option to choose from a package of health care plans. Individuals who have Medicare ...Read more