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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 an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...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?

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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How quickly can an aneurysm grow?

How quickly can an aneurysm grow?

Varies: Ascending usually less than 1 cm per year but sudden expansion is a true danger. Descending similar. Abdominal perhaps a bit slower, but any pain, leakage, rapid change is a bad sign. ...Read more

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What happens once you have aneurysm?

What happens once you have aneurysm?

Variable: An aneurysm is basically a weak spot in a blood vessel that enlarges in a ballon-like fashion. Arteries in the brain have very thin walls so that aneurysms may rupture and cause a stroke. Aortic aneurysms may rupture and lead to fatal bleeding (that is how einstein died). If any questions check with your doc. Some small aneurysms have very low risk and are watched closely. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an aneurysm?

What sort of problem is an aneurysm?

Enlarged blood vesse: An aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel typically created by a weakness in the wall. The pouching is generally thin and weak and prone to rupture. Think of a tire that gets bubbles in its wall before popping. They can happen anywhere, but aorta and brain are common. They have many causes, but high blood pressure and smoking are often factors. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an aneurysm?

Aneurysm: read this: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arm/

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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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How do you know when you have a aneurysm?

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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Could an aneurysm be caused by an injury?

Could an aneurysm be caused by an injury?

Yes: Trauma to an area containing blood vessels can cause damage to the wall of the vessel, causing it to expand over time. ...Read more

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What are some of the effects of aneurysm ?

What are some of the effects of aneurysm ?

Too vague: Aneurysms can occur in any arterial system. The symptoms would depend on the location and size, as well as the rate of growth. ...Read more

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How disabling could 2-3 small aneurysms be?

How disabling could 2-3 small aneurysms be?

Depends: It all depends where the aneurysms are. It makes a big difference depending on if they are in the brain, leg, abdomen, etc. ...Read more