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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more


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What is abdominal aortic aneurysm and what can be done about it?

What is aneurysm: Its a weakness in the wall of the artery that allows it to bulge, like a bulge in a garden hose. Ask your doctor to send you to a vascular surgeon. There are a number of options for fixing them when the time comes. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends on rupture: Incidence and prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)increases with age, making condition a significant issue as the population ages.Most common in elderly men and occurs in 5% to 7% of people over the age of 65 in US . Leading cause of death in men over the age of 55. Post-op mortality for ruptured AAA remains higher than 40%. AAA surgically repaired before rupture, postop mortality 1-6%. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends: size? Symptoms? Historically, a symptomatic 6 cm. aneurysm patient would have a mortality of 80% at one year. If no symptoms 80% mortality at five years. Many more are treated earlier in the new era of ENDOVASCULAR therapies. ...Read more

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Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that i cannot feel through the fat?

Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that i cannot feel through the fat?

Possible: You could have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that you cannot feel, but at your age it would be unlikely. Chances of having a small aneurysm increase if you smoke or have a family history of aneurysm disease. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Please answer! what percentage of people that have an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Many: Approx. 15, 000 die every year of ruptured aortic aneurysms. Once an infrarenal aortic fusiform aneurysm doubles the native aortic diameter rupture risk approx. 20%/year. Early detection with cat scan/ultrasound/mri of the aorta and elective surgical repair advised. Risk of rupture for endovascular stent repair is about 3r%within 5 years and near0% for open surgical repair.Deathfromruptureorcadiac. ...Read more

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What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body. ...Read more

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What is the post-operative care of abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: There is a big difference between an open repair and an endovascular repair. Open repairs require aggressive cardio-pulmonary resuscitation post-op. Depending on the extent of the repair patients are often kept intubated the first night. Endovascular procedures are typically less of a physiological burden on the body and patients are extubated the same day and typically go home the next day. ...Read more

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How long would you have to smoke for abdominal aortic aneurysm to occur?

How long would you have to smoke for abdominal aortic  aneurysm to occur?

Aortic aneurysm: Aortic aneurysms have several factors, including uncontrolled hypertension, smoking, diabetes, and family history. These factors increase your risk for most forms of cardiovascular disease. The best bet is to quit smoking now, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. If you start now at a young age you can look forward to a much healthier life in the future. ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm. Who should get screen, and who really should be screened?

Men who have smoked: National guidelines recommend that men who have ever smoked should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm between the ages of 65 and 75. You can check out the recommendations here: http://www.Ahrq.Gov/ppip/men50.Htm. Ask your doctor if you're at risk. ...Read more

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Can a person have pain with an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it actually ruptures?

Pain w/o rupture?: At times a contained rupture can allow someone with a lot of pain to put off, temporarily, the big catastrophe. This is an urgent situation at that point which generally requires immediate attention. ...Read more

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What is the nursing care for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Resuscitation: The most critical part of nursing after a AAA repair is the immediate post-operative period- especially if the repair is done in an open fashion. There are dramatic fluid shifts that occur and close monitoring of acid-base status, blood pressure, blood counts, and breathing are critical. Once the breathing tube is out and the patients starts to eat, the focus becomes pain control and slow rehab. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm the same thing as aortic dissection?

AAA v dissection: Not really; an aneurysm bulges due to a weakness in the artery wall. A dissection is a tear in one or more ( of the three) layers of the artery wall which continues in one or both directions. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Basically, trying to prevent the AAA from rupturing or leaking. This can be done with surgery (open vs. Placed via blood vessel) or with medical management and follow-up..The most "natural" thing is to do nothing, but this has a much higher death rate than surgical repair or blood pressure control with meds. Avoiding stress, tobacco, etc. May help keep BP down when used in conjunction with meds. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at all). Ultrasound uses sound waves and sees just about every aneurysm so it's the very best screening test! ...Read more

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What's a simple, painless treatment for my grandpa's abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are watched closely, operated on, or treated with endovascular stent grafting, all while strictly controlling blood pressure. Treatment depends on size of the aaa, age and condition of the patient, and other factors. At minimum it should be followed closely by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Not likely: Some are not ideal if too much gas. Or poor prep or obesity , but usually are repeated if technical issue. The infra renal aorta and iliacs are well visualized in most. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more