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What are possible causes of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

What are possible causes of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

Atherosclerosis: Some theories about collagen, ischemic wall etc, but most are in atherosclerotic vessels in abdomen or elsewhere. Aneurysms can happen in any blood vessel, but AAA is the most common. Some rare infections , congenital, traumatic. ...Read more

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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


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What is the presumed cause of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

What is the presumed cause of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

Several theories: Most common belief is that aneurysms develop due to some inherent weakness in the artery's muscular layer due to an imbalance of collagen metabolism or genetic collagen abnormalities. The only independent risk of aneurysm growth is high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more

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If u don't have aneurysm and a 14mm abdominal aorta u have thinner wall than 20mm healthy aorta and therefore lower tolerance for pressure? Sorry

If u don't have aneurysm and a 14mm abdominal aorta u have thinner wall than 20mm healthy aorta and therefore lower tolerance for pressure? Sorry

14 mm: I've never heard of a 14 mm aorta rupturing. Wall stress is related to diameter. Unless you have some very rare condition that you haven't told us about or a family history of everyone dying of ruptured aortas, my inclination is to say you're at lower than average risk. ...Read more

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Is a 22 more likely to get an aneurysm of abdominal aorta or thoracic? What's more rare? If u have high BP for 6 months?

Is a 22 more likely to get an aneurysm of abdominal aorta or thoracic? What's more rare? If u have high BP for  6 months?

Aneurysm: It would be extremely rare for a 22 yo to develop an aneurysm as a result of 6 months of hypertension. Thoracic is much less common than abdominal aortic aneurysms which are a result of decades of sustained high pressure in the aorta. Do you suffer from anxiety disorder or OCD? I would suggest that is much more likely in a 22 yo male who is preoccupied with this than AAA from hypertension. ...Read more

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Could u detect an thoracic aneurysm on a ultrasound of abdominal aorta or of heart? Or chest xray? Or what could u detect regarding aneurysms?

Could u detect an thoracic aneurysm on a ultrasound of abdominal aorta or of heart? Or chest xray? Or what could u detect regarding aneurysms?

Aneurysm: Abdominal aortic ultrasound might detect aneurysm of the thoracic aorta just before it enters the abdomen, otherwise would not be good to detect thoracic aneurysm. Echocardiogram can detect thoracic aneurysm. Chest X-ray might detect it if it is large. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if you have a beating abdominal aorta?

Is it a problem if you have a beating abdominal aorta?

Aorta: Blood flows through the aorta as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If you don't have 'beating' or blood flow in the aorta, you have serious trouble. If the aorta gets stretched out and enlarged, that is a problem called aneurysm. ...Read more

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What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

Bigger than normal: An ectatic abdominal aorta is one that is bigger than normal but not quite an aneurysm, which is defined as having a diameter that is 1.5X larger than that of a normal segment of aorta. A normal aorta for a man may be somewhere between 18-26 mm, though this is not hard and fast rule. There is general agreement that an aorta measuring 40 mm or greater would be considered an aneurysm, however. ...Read more

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If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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In x-ray findings, the Dr. said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. What does this mean?

In x-ray findings, the Dr. said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. What does this mean?

Early warning: Atherosclerosis is the condition in which the linings of arteries accumulates a cholesterol rich deposit, narrowing the artery and occasionally beginning the process of breaking off material which can clog further arteries downstream. Because this is a generalized problem, arteries like those in your heart and brain can be too narrow to function well. This is a warning and changes must be made. ...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