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Doctor insights on: Aneurysm Risk

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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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Since everybody has headaches, what are some unique brain aneurysm risk factors?

Since everybody has headaches, what are some unique brain aneurysm risk factors?

Sudden & severe: Headache that is sudden and severe can indicate a leak from a brain aneurysm. If previously undiagnosed such headaches need immediate evaluation. Smoking, high blood pressure, excess alcohol use and Cocaine are avoidable risk factors. Screening may be recommended if two family members have brain aneurysm. ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm risks; is there a website for that?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm risks; is there a website for that?

A number of them: Go to medlineplus http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/aorticaneurysm.Html for links to sites about abdominal aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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63yodad ischemic stroke 2wks ago. Before had a DVT & asymptomatic brain aneurysm. @risk for falls from motor control issues. Should he start coumadin (warfarin)?

63yodad ischemic stroke 2wks ago. Before had a DVT & asymptomatic brain aneurysm. @risk for falls from motor control issues. Should he start coumadin (warfarin)?

Risk / benefit tool?: Secondary Prevention of Stroke is important in reducing risk of recurrent stroke and potentially severe disability. Warfarin is indicated in Secondary Prevention if the patient has a diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation. CHA2DS2-VASc and the HASBLED Scores at www.mdcalc.com can give some objective measure to help patient in discussion with doctor assess risk / benefit of anti-coagulation. A guide only ...Read more

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Can a 22 year old aorta take high BP under 6 month time without developing an aneurysm? What's the risk of getting aneurysms,?

Can a 22 year old aorta take high BP under 6 month time without developing an aneurysm? What's the risk of getting aneurysms,?

Rare: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are rare to begin with especially at your age. Most people with hypertension do not develop aortic aneurysms even after being treated for high blood pressure for many years. ...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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Is there an correlation with arterial plaque build up and risk of aneurysms?

Is there an correlation with arterial plaque build up and risk of aneurysms?

Yes: Almost all of the abdominal aortic aneurysms arise from blood vessel wall damage due to atherosclerosis. Smokers are at greater risk. ...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?

Screen then stress: Get an ultrasound to screen for aaa. At your young age, you are unlikely to have a significant aneurysm, however with a family history, it is a good idea to make sure. Then get the stress test if that has been recommended. If you are just worried about cardiac risk, a fast ct with calcium score might also be an option. ...Read more

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