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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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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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Is it normal for your doctor to feel your aorta easily while touching the abdomen really well? Kinda scared pls help.

Is it normal for your doctor to feel your aorta easily while touching the abdomen really well? Kinda scared pls help.

Exam of the aorta: Yes, if you are normal weight or thin, it should be easy for your doctor to feel the aorta in your abdomen. It is much harder in overweight/obese patients. You may even be able to feel it yourself while you are lying on your back. We check it to make sure it is the right size, not enlarged. An enlarged aorta would be mentioned on an abdominal CT or MRI report. ...Read more

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What happens if you have big cardiac output but at the same time get afraid and tense your abdomen? Does the aorta constrict when it should expand?

What happens if you have big cardiac output but at the same time get afraid and tense your abdomen? Does the aorta constrict when it should expand?

You can not ..: ... voluntarily constrict or dilate your blood vessels. They do what they are supposed to do based on the physiologic demands of your circulation at the time. So when you contract your abdominal muscles, the contracting muscles might squeeze a smaller artery or vein a little bit, but there would be no significant effect on a large vessel like the aorta. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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If you have 14mm abdominal aorta as a 23 yo, you will have thinner walls than if you had 2cm healthy aorta and so a weaker aorta. More prone to burst?

If you have 14mm abdominal aorta as a 23 yo, you will have thinner walls than if you had 2cm healthy aorta and so a weaker aorta. More prone to burst?

Just the opposite: Aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture with increasing diameter. Generally they are treated expectantly with observation and antihypertensives if necessary until they become symptomatic (with pain or showering emboli distally), or enlarge greater than 5 cm. The two methods of fixing them are with a traditional operation or more recently, stent placement. ...Read more

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How do I know if my 14mm abdominal aorta is under more pressure than a normal size? I have a hard time understanding how smaller aorta has the same bp

How do I know if my 14mm abdominal aorta is under more pressure than a normal size? I have a hard time understanding how smaller aorta has the same bp

Stretchy: your aorta is stretchy or pliable and is able to expand and contract. This helps to regulate the pressure in the aorta. It is not a solid structure like a pipe and therefore just because it's narrower does not mean it will have increased pressure. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R ...Read more

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Can you tell me about aorta upper abdomen enlargement?

Can you tell me about aorta upper abdomen enlargement?

Pulsating swelling: The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and extending down to the abdomen, where it bifurcates into two smaller arteries (the common iliac arteries). The aorta distributes oxygenated blood to all parts of the body through the systemic circulation. Aortic enlargement causing any swelling will be pulsating swelling. ...Read more

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Aorta beating in upper abdomen, should I be concerned?

Aorta beating in upper abdomen, should I be concerned?

Aorta perception: Better that it is beating than not. The aorta can be felt through the skin in many people, especially if you are thin. When you start to go to sleep, sometimes you become aware of all sorts of heart beats/blood vessels. So this may be normal but a new awareness. But feeling your aorta raises the question of an aneurism that may be expanding, and that would be serious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more