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Aneurysm And Flying
It's OK to fly: There's nothing about flying that will adversely affect your thoracic aortic aneurysm. You should have it evaluated by a vascular surgeon, depending on its size, at least annually. Our usual threshold for repair of a thoracic aneurysm that is not causing symptoms (e.g., pain) is around 6 cm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother was detected with ascending aortic aneurysm of 3.9 CM in april 2013. Will she be able to fly internationally?
Yes: As long as she has no significant aortic valvular heart disease, and no chest pains or other unexplained symptoms, she should be fine. I wouldn't worry about the aneurysm ( again as a sole problem) unless it were at least 4.5 cm. Make sure she gets follow up for it though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had successful brain aneurysm coiling 1 year ago. Is it safe for me to fly long distance? Can the pressure be a risk?
My mother has thoracic aorta aneurysm. She has not undergone stent grafting. Is it safe for her to fly internationally?
Aneurysm: Aneurysm is abnormal dilation of an artery: some say 1.5x normal size while others say twice or more the size of the native artery represents aneurysmal dilation. True aneurysm contains all the layers of the arterial wall while false aneurysm may have any or all components of the wall missing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aortic?: For aortic aneursyms: we are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis - high bp, smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms ... Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain (abdomen and/or back) and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Mendelian: Not hereditary in the mendelian sense. Some families have higher incidence of aneurysms. Cofactors such as hypertension, diet and smoking habits may play a role in this. Connective tissue disorders are hereditary and some of these are associated with aneurysms but this is an indirect effect. I do not routinely screen family members but a negative mra can be reassuring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer