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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 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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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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Healthy nonsmoker, 34 yrs old.Have had bad headache for a week-no drooping/slurring,etc.If aneurysm, would I know it by now?Risk of aneurysm or tumor?

Healthy nonsmoker, 34 yrs old.Have had bad headache for a week-no drooping/slurring,etc.If aneurysm, would I know it by now?Risk of aneurysm or tumor?

Headache: Unless you have had a recent MRA or CTA which was negative for aneurysm, such an evaluation could be considered if you are worried about an aneurysm. Is this a new headache or the worst you have had? If so urgent evaluation is warranted. If you have chronic, recurrent similar headaches and have had prior work up, then contact your primary care provider or your neurologist for further advice. ...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?

Evaluate: Why don't you see a cardiologist and talk about your concern before you have a stress test -- because if you do have an aneurysm then it might not be safe to do a stress test. ...Read more

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