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Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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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


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Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

Arteriosclerosis: Cigarrette smoking accelerates the process of arteriosclerosis which in turn results in atheroma formation with its multiple consequences depending on location.In the aorta it results in cystic medial necrosis leading to aneurysmal dilatation or the opposite, arteriosclerosis obliterans. ...Read more

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Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

depends: May be normal in a thinner or fit patient, or may indicate dilation of the aorta (aneurysm). An ultrasound will sort this out and is painless and easy. ...Read more

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What could cause an aortic aneurysm to burst?

What could cause an aortic aneurysm to burst?

Ruptured aneurysm: An abdominal aneurysm can rupture for many reasons. Most common is size. As the aneurysm enlarges the wall gets weaker. We know that aneurysms over 5 cm have a higher rupture rate and those should be operated on electively. Other factors making rupture more likely would be uncontrolled high blood pressure and infection in the wall of aneiurysm. ...Read more

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Can lifting cause an aortic aneurysm to rupture?

Can lifting cause an aortic aneurysm to rupture?

Yes: Lifting or any kind of strenuous exercise will increase the blood pressure. If this happens in a sudden fashion then conceivably the aneurysm can rupture. A lot depends on the size of the aneurysm as well. ...Read more

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Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

No, but: Diverticulitis is not related to aortic aneurysm. However, if there is constipation, would suggest a good bowel regimen to avoid excessive straining. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

It bursts: The wall of the aorta tears because of increased pressure from the expanding aneurysm. Ruptures can be "contained, " with the bleeding confined by the lining of the abdominal cavity, or they can be "free ruptures, " when the bleeding occurs into the abdominal cavity. The second type is more deadly. Mortality with ruptured aneurysms is 50-90%. As many as 50% of people die before reaching the hospital. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an aortic dissection or aneurysm?

How to know if I have an aortic dissection or aneurysm?

Echo or CT: An echocardiogram or CT scan are the 2 modalities of choice. Dissection is an emergency. Aneurysm can be evaluated electively. ...Read more

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Ideas? What pain is associated with an aortic aneurysm?

None: Aortic aneurysms don't cause pain. If they dissect (in the chest) or rupture (in the abdomen), they're very painful. ...Read more

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How will having aortic aneurysm affect me down the road?

Depends: It depends on location and cause. Aneurysms are at risk for two major complications- rupture and dissection (which can lead to rupture or other problems such has blockage of other arteries or stroke). How quickly an aneurysm grows and the risk of rupture is related to underlying cause and annual or biannual imaging will be indicated to track the size. ...Read more

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How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

Rarely has symptoms: Most aneurysms are without symptoms until they begin to rupture or rapidly expand. Most are discovered on chest x-ray, ultrasound or ct scan looking for another problem typically, repair is not indicated in this location until the diameter is 5.5-6 cm. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after repairing an aortic aneurysm?

What is the life expectancy after repairing an aortic aneurysm?

It depends: It depends on your overall health. Typically if the aneurysm is larger than 5 cm the risk of rupture is fairly high about 3-15%. Greater than 6cm about 10-20%. If successfully repaired then your life expectancy returns to near normal. Decision to operate depends on the aortic size and the estimated risk of surgery. ...Read more

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What fruits and vegetables can treat ascending aortic aneurysm?

What fruits and vegetables can treat ascending aortic aneurysm?

Wrong treatment: You need an experienced vascular surgeon. Surgery, hopefully minimal invasive, is always required to correct or repair an aortic aneurism. Fruit & vegetables are excellent foods & should not be omitted as part of your post-operative recovery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would you be able to see the aorta for aneurysm on a lower back mri?

Would you be able to see the aorta for aneurysm on a lower back mri?

Yes: The majority of MRI exams of the lower back include the abdominal aorta. Occasionally, the front part of the aorta is cut off (not included in the images). This may necessitate additional imaging such as ct. ...Read more

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Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Maybe: Aortic aneurysms are difficult to detect by physical exam. If someone has risk factors for aneurysm (age >65 and family history of aneurysm, history of smoking or hypertension) then we advise an abdominal ultrasound for screening. ...Read more

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How many minutes does someone have to live after the aortic aneurysm ruptures?

How many minutes does someone have to live after the aortic aneurysm ruptures?

Not many: It depends on how fast the blood is leaking. There sometimes is time to get the patient to the operating room and repair the aneurysm so it does not necessarly cause immediate death. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

No,should not: Elective ( means not as in ruptured one ) aortic surgery has excellent result , with very low mortality. Recently more and more cases are being done by endovascular stents with out opening abdomen ( similar to coronary stents) observation for small aneurysms , surgery only if size is increasing, may be causing anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more