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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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What's the risk of developing cerebral aneurysms?

What's the risk of developing cerebral aneurysms?

Risks: 1. Family history 2. Smoking 3. Hypertension if two sibling in a family have an aneurysm then all brothers and sisters should be screened. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Depends: An aortic aneurysm can be the result of inherited conditions like marfan's syndrome. Conversley, aortic aneurysms may appear 'de novo' in those without a family history and only clinical risk factors such as atherosclerosis and hypertension. Since the relationship between genetics and environment is complex, if there is a family history one should always be extra vigilant and monitor. ...Read more

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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family history of aneurysm, smoking or htn. Ascending aneurysms and para visceral (upper abdomen) aneurysms are probably the most challenging to repair. ...Read more

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Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history . Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking ., age>45 in men, >55 in women. ...Read more

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Chances of surviving a brain aneurysm?

Chances of surviving a brain aneurysm?

No: Prognosis is bad if untreated, undetected. 25 % will die immediatly , 25 % later in hospital stay, 25 % will have severe neurological problems. Early detection early intervention had good prognosis add to w**f I am glad you survived , early intervention is the answer good luck. ...Read more

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Risks after aneursym clippin in brain?

Risks after aneursym clippin in brain?

Check out these: Links. I wish u the best and a full recovery. God bless u! http://www.bafound.org/rehabilitation-2. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=8708. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

Several: There several risk factors (CRF) for coronary artery disease, some modifiable and some not. Non-modifiable crfs include family history (genetics), sex and age. Some modifiable crfs which can be treated with medications or lifestyle changes include smoking, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol status, particularly LDL or "bad" cholesterol. ...Read more

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What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

See below: Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. ...Read more

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Are aortic aneurysms considered heart disease?

Are aortic aneurysms considered heart disease?

Technically no: As the disease is not affecting the heart itself, it would be more precise to classify this is cardiovascular disease. It is a problem that would be addressed by a cardiologist, also known as a specialist in cardiovascular disease. It's just a matter of semantics. ...Read more

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How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

Couple of things: Ascending aortic aneurysms occur anywhere from just after the heart to just after the takeoff of the blood brain vessels. In descending aneurysm, the site is any of the remaining aorta. This becomes complicated because one type can also turn into the other. Generally speaking, ascending aneurysms are usually operated on, and descending are usually medically managed. Complicated topic. ...Read more

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Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Depends: This is a difficult one to answer. The changes that may occur at high altitude, such as relatively less oxygen may lead to increased heart rates, especially with exertion, and that is an undesirable effect. However, more details are needed: location of the aneurysm? Size and the etiology of the aneurysm?M how far above sea level is your location? What would be a rate of ascent? ...Read more

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What puts someone at risk for aortic regurgitation?

What puts someone at risk for aortic regurgitation?

Many causes: Acute: blood infection leading to valve infection (endocarditis), trauma, a tear in the aorta (dissection), marfan's syndrome. Chronic: high blood pressure/aneurysm, congenital bicuspid valve, syphilis, behcet's , takayasu, and reiter syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and idiopathic (cause unknown) - this is a board question! ...Read more

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How does aortic dissection differs from aortic aneurysm?

How does aortic dissection differs from aortic aneurysm?

Aneurysm/Dissection: An aneurysm is an area where the aorta has ballooned out compared to the aorta below and above. The more expanded the greater the risk of rupture. Dissection is when there is a disruption of the inner layer of the aorta and blood can flow between the layers. This often will cause blockages of aortic branch vessels resulting in stroke, heart attack, and bowel/kidney infarction, etc. ...Read more

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Is brain aneurysm surgery safe?

Depends: In the correct hands, brain aneurysm surgery is less risky than it used to be 20 years ago. Unfortunately, all brain aneurysm surgeries (clipping or coiling) carry a risk for stroke and hence cannot be classified as "safe" surgeries. They are moderate to high risks surgeries depending on the size of the aneurysm and the health of the patient. Ask your doctor for details. ...Read more

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What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms?

What is the mortality rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms?

AAA: Onceit reaches 5.5 cm diameter, then the risk of rupture with almost certain death is less than the risk of repair of the aneurysm. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

No: An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. ...Read more