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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Overview)

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 rupture or other complication.


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How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

Very different: An aneurysm is an enlargement or dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The flow of blood through the aneurysmal vessel usually remains normal.
A blood clot is coagulated blood inside the artery...This impedes blood flow and usually leads to symptoms of ischemia in the part of the body the artery supplies. ...Read more

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
1,397 Doctors shared insights

Aneurysm (Overview)

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 rupture or other complication.


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What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms. .. Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read more

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Are intermittent sharp pains signs of aneurysm?

Are intermittent sharp pains signs of aneurysm?

Many causes for pain: Pain (depending on the location-- head, chest, stomach) has different causes. Intermittent sharp pains are more consistent with a local process that irritates the nerve. This is usually due to muscles. If you have concerns about the pains, or if you have other risk factors for aneurysm (family history or are a smoker), then you should make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked. ...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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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm. ...Read more

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How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

Depends on size: Ct or mr angiograms are good screening tools, and surgeons are using cta to plan surgery instead of angiograms. If you have an aneurysm, there is a certain chance that it will grow over time. How fast it grows is not predictable. If you don't have an aneurysm, you should have your doctor look for other reasons for headaches. ...Read more

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Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Marfan syndrome: It sounds like you suspect you may have marfan. Your doctor will address your concerns, and conduct a workup based on his evaluation. Aortic aneurysm is indeed something to be concerned about in these patients. I compliment you on your research. Echocardiogram, ct are relatively low risk for the diagnostic benefit and early fix, so if your doc recommended them, i'd strongly consider. ...Read more

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What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

CTA and Arteriogram: Ctangiogram, arteriogram and arterial duplex of the popliteal artery. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have a aneurysm?

Definitively by scan: Aneurysms come in many different areas and sizes. Some can be found by a good physical exam, but most will be discoverd by plain x-ray (few), ultrasound (many) or ct scan/mri.....Depending where they are located, they may be assymptomatic, or cause symptoms by pressing on nearby structures... ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does thrombosed aneurysm mean?

Can docs explain what does thrombosed aneurysm mean?

Closure: Most aneurysms are lined by clot, due to the flow characteristics inside the aneurysm, meaning flow tries to stay in the middle of the vessel. If the flow slows down enough, the entire aneurysm closes, or thromboses. This occurs frequently in popliteal aneurysms, located behind the knee. ...Read more

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What hospital will treat an aortic aneurysm?

What hospital will treat an aortic aneurysm?

Most: Depending on how big and where the aneurysm is, when the timing is right, most larger hospitals have vascular or thoracic surgeons who can repair this lesion. ...Read more

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What specialist treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What specialist treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Vascular Surgeons: Vascular surgeons evaluate and treat anuerysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta. ...Read more

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Do we need to report cavernous sinus aneurysm as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.

Do we need to report cavernous sinus aneurysm as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.

Yes: It is very important to provide a complete and accurate medical history. This is especially important when your teen has his or her physical prior to starting college. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for popliteal aneurysm?

What is the treatment for popliteal aneurysm?

Resection: Endo vascular stent if possible other wise resection ...Read more

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Can you tell me the newest treatments for abdominal aneurysm?

Can you tell me the newest treatments for abdominal aneurysm?

Several: Therapy consists of medical treatment, surgical therapy, and endovascular techniques. Endovascular techniques are considered minimally invasive, but have limitations as to who can have it done. Surgical therapy is more invasive, but is generally more durable. Medical therapy preceeds both. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for aneurysm for a 80 year old patient?

Is there a natural cure for aneurysm for a 80 year old patient?

Not really: Aneurysms never really get any smaller as long as they are subject to arterial pressure. Stabilizing aneurysm growth may be possible with control of blood pressure into a normal range and stopping smoking. Other treatments with antibiotics are thought to decrease the rate of aneurysm growth as well. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of cerebral aneurysm?

What's the best treatment to get rid of cerebral aneurysm?

Surgery if feasible: A lot of aneurysm detected incidentaly are very small, need to be followed--but some need coiling or surgery urgently---the neurosurgeon will study each case in depth, considering symptoms, exam, mri, mra. ...Read more

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Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of "upper" drugs?

Yes--can be mistaken: Aortic aneurysm is highly unlikely in someone your age. The only people I've ever known to have aortic aneurysm have been long-term (more than 20-30 years) smokers. Aortic aneurysms are characterized by a "tearing pain, " that moves as the tear expands. Some have compared it to pain of a kidney stone. More likely you're having tachycardia and anxiety from the "uppers." ...Read more

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What are the leading causes of aneurysms?

What are the leading causes of aneurysms?

Run in families: Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. ...Read more

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With genetic risk for aneurysms. Should I do the stress test?

With genetic risk for aneurysms. Should I do the stress test?

Evaluate: Why don't you see a cardiologist and talk about your concern before you have a stress test -- because if you do have an aneurysm then it might not be safe to do a stress test. ...Read more

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Is splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family?

Is splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family?

Probably: Aneurysms of the splenic artery are the 2nd-3rd most common intra-abdominal aneurysms, and most common visceral artery aneurysm. The most common associated risk factors are portal hypertension and multiple pregnancies. Incidence is 4x higher in females than males. ...Read more

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Risks for aneurysm, BP at rest always comes up. Why at rest? Isn't it more important to know BP when active because it's higher then?

Risks for aneurysm, BP at rest always comes up. Why at rest? Isn't it more important to know BP when active because it's higher then?

BP: Your blood pressure does rise with activity so that is to be expected. A resting blood pressure is easier to get and more consistent. Sometimes cardiologists will do a BP while you are doing a stress test as some conditions are associated with BP going to high with activity. However, for identifying essential hypertension rest BP is the standard. ...Read more

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Can propranolol help prevent a brain aneurysm from rupturing? If not, what kinds of medicines are typically used?

Good question: If you have high blood pressure, propranolol, among other medications, if the BP can be lowered, can help prevent the progression of brain aneurysms. Smoking cessation is very important. We are doing some work to see if hormones may represent another nonsurgical preventative measure. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www. Chicagoaneurysm. Com for more information. ...Read more

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Why does the aha recommend people with thoracic aortic aneurysm avoid heavy lifting when my cardiologist says there is no study supporting this?

TRUE: Common sense will say the increase in intramuscular pressure with weight lifting will increase the arterial pressure that can possibly make the aneurysm to enlarge. I tell patients not to do the same. ...Read more

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A year ago 11x0.9 CM aneurysm, now results say 10x13x7 mm did it shrink? I'm really confused...

A year ago 11x0.9 CM aneurysm, now results say 10x13x7 mm did it shrink? I'm really confused...

I am too.: Are you sure of the units you are using? Don't know any physician that would allow someone out of their sight, let alone office with an aneurysm with even one dimension being 11centimeters. Please check you units and dimensions and re-post. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 31 and I just found out that I have an aneurysm on my aorta. What to do if I'm very scared. Does anyone have any info that they can share with me?

Depends: What part of your aorta? What size? Do you have Marfan's, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, annulo-aortic ectasia, or family hx of aortic aneurysm or sudden or unexpected death? ...Read more