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Abdominal Aortic Anyerism
Live and breathe: You can live and breathe. Congratulations! Carry on. ...Read more
Aorta : Different parts of the aorta can vary but it would seem difficult to have the same part vary that much. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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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