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What is aneurysm?

What is aneurysm?

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 more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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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


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Why do I have aneurysms?

Why do I have aneurysms?

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 more

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Any symptoms of aneurysm?

Any symptoms of aneurysm?

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 more

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Are aneurysm's hereditary?

Are aneurysm's hereditary?

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 more

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Can aneurysm be symptomatic?

Can aneurysm be symptomatic?

Yes, if: If getting bigger or starting to rupture, can feel pain ... If branches to your intestines, kidneys, or legs, then can get symptoms related to those areas, again usually abdominal pain, low urine, or leg pain, respectively. ...Read more

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What could cause an aneurysm?

What could cause an aneurysm?

Abdominal (AAA)?: 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, such as high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more

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How fast could an aneurysm grow?

Varies: Usually millimeters per year. If more then surgery or intervention needed if other size and risk factors suitable. ...Read more

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Would an ABI detect an aneurysm?

Would an ABI detect an aneurysm?

No: the ABI it self is simply a pressure ratio of your blood vessel flow. You may or may not have blockage with an aneurysm. The more appropriate test to evaluate for aneurysm is a duplex of the pertinent location. ...Read more

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Can i backpack with an aneurysm?

Can i backpack with an aneurysm?

Aneurysm: It really does depend on the size of the aneurysm and where it is. If it is >5.5cm and in the abdomen, one should seek treatment and repair. If it is less than that and in the abdomen, carrying on with daily activities is fine, but i would recommend being prudent of those activities. ...Read more

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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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