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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Are there effective natural treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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

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 are treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

SEVERAL: If it is not tool larger, medicines to control your blood pressure will help prevent it from getting larger. However, if it is expanding rapidly or is large, then there is the danger of it rupturing, which could be fatal. Depending on the location and size, sometimes this can be repaired with a stent meaning that no incision is necessary. Otherwise, an open operation is needed. ...Read more

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Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Can't tell: Symptoms aren't peculiar to aneurysm, you need to be seen however if you have had these symptoms for long. History and physical examination would direct further management, like need for imaging studies and what type, good luck ...Read more

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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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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?

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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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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What type of doctor treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Who fixes AAA: A vascular surgeon can offer endovascular or open repair depending on what's best for the person. ...Read more

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Could an ultrasound miss detecting abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dx of AAA: Ultrasound is one of the typical studies used to diagnose aaa. It is optimal to let the tech doing the study know if you are trying to look specifically for an aneurysm. The bigger the aneurysm, the more likely it is to be picked up. In other words a very small one would have a higher likelihood to be missed. ...Read more

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Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Possibly: A lot of people at rest can feel there pulsation. If you feel something pulsatile in your abdomen u need to be checked by a physician who can order a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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What can I use for abdominal aortic aneurysm if I don't have a doctor?

Not much: All treatment options require a doctor to repair it or medications to control it. If you have any habits like smoking or stimulant use, cessation can help and does not require a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Well: Getting into a tanning bed might be safe as long as you never turn it on! Tanning beds are a major risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can abdominal aortic aneurysm diagnosed with a sthethoscope exam or you need an ultrasound scan?

Diagnose AAA: While some large aneurysms can be felt with your hands on the belly an ultrasound is a much more effective and accurate way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

AAA.: It would be unusual to have an AAA at your age, unless you have some underlying medical condition that would make you more likely to have one at your age. We can sometimes normally feel the pulse of the aorta through the skin of the abdomen or even transmitted across the liver if we're pushing on the liver. But it couldn't hurt to confirm/deny with an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

Most of these: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaa's) occur in older (over 65) patients with a history of smoking and/or hypertension. If a AAA occurs in someone younger or without typical risk factors then testing for various syndromes and genetic predispositions can be performed. Your doctor can help parse this out. ...Read more

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What can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms. ...Read more

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How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on a number of factors. Aneurysms should be followed with ultrasound on a serial basis until they reach 5.5 CM or they exhibit rapid growth within a defined period of time. At that point the decision on how to repair the aneurysm depends on a number of anatomic factors that can be defined by an endovascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is the abdominal aortic aneurysm more common?

Why is the abdominal aortic aneurysm more common?

Less wall elastin: The aorta, the main artery that delivers blood from the chest to the belly, has a protein known as elastin in its wall. Smoking and COPD affect biochemistry destroying elastin, leading to weakening in the wall causing it to bulge out forming an aneurysm. Why most common in abdomen? Cause elastin layer is thickest in chest thins at renal arteries in abdomen - no surprise they often form there 1st! ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Depends on size: Rupture rates from aaa's less than 4 cm are very small. Risk of rupture at 5-5.5 cm is about 5% per year. The risk goes up quickly from there. For example, 10-20% at 6-7 cm, and 20-40% for 7-8 cm. An intervention is often recommended if the aneurysm grows more than 1 cm per year or it is bigger than 5.5 cm. Data also supports consideration for a lower threshold in women (5 cm) - rupture earlier. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How do I know if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Imaging: If the aneurysm is asymptomatic, you may never know. If you have symptoms, your doctor will order appropriate testing. Most people aren't very good at feeling their own aorta, or wouldn't know where to look. Ct scan, ultrasound, abdominal xray can all see the aneurysm or evidence that one is there. ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair? " many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

By scan: Abdominal aortic aneurysms can sometimes be found by a good physical exam, it helps if you are thin. Otherwise, if there is a family history of aneurysm, or strong suspicion of one...An ultrasound of the abdomen can often rule it in or out. Failing that a ct-scan is the most accurate and expensive way to diagnose this problem. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get checked: AAA may have no symptoms until catastrophe strikes. You may feel a pulsating expanding mass in the abdomen (or not). Family history? Smoker? Diabetic? High blood pressure? Avascular disease? Marfan's syndrome (a connective tissue disease)? All risk factors.Sonogram exam can show AAA when they are small and without symptoms, or bigger; monitored, or treated with stent or surgery if get big enough. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Surgery observation: Small aneurysms (less tha 5 cm) are typically followed with ultrasound unless there are factors that worry the doc. Surgery may be done with an abdominal incision - to open the aneurysm and replace it with a plastic graft. More recently, endovasculat techniques enable stenting of the ane3urysm and use smaller incisions. ...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


Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen) (Definition)

The dangerous condition where a portion of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, becomes thin and bulges out. This puts the aorta at risk of bursting, which is frequently fatal. ...Read more