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Doctor insights on: Aneurysm Stroke Embolism

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How can you tell if its an aneurysm, stroke and embolism?

How can you tell if its an aneurysm, stroke and embolism?

Medical terms: Stroke is technically a catch-all phrase for bleeding or lack of blood flow to a brain area from a blocked artery. An aneurysm usually causes bleeding. A computed tomography scan (ct or cat scan) is the quickest way to show bleeding into or around the brain. It can show vessel blockage and lack of blood flow if the affected area is large enough, if questions remain a MRI scan can show more. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


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With an intra atrial septal aneurysm and an asd what are the chances of an embolism or stroke? What is an embolism?

With an intra atrial septal aneurysm and an asd what are the chances of an embolism or stroke? What is an embolism?

Increased risk: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/91/11/2785.full The link above gives good information on risk and diagnosis of Atrial Septal Aneurysm. The big issue is when blood flow across the septum. Clots from the legs are usually stopped in the lungs. With a ASD, the clot will cross over and go up to the brain can cause stroke. An embolism is when a clot travels in the blood and causes a blockage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an aneurysm and an embolism in your head?

What is the difference between an aneurysm and an embolism in your head?

See below: In general, in any location, an aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of the artery resulting in a ballooning or enlargement of that portion of the artery, and not necessarily a blockage of the artery. An embolism would be a blood clot that forms and travels to the inside of a blood vessel causing an internal blockage of the vessel. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an aneurysm and an embolism?

What is the difference between an aneurysm and an embolism?

See: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation or bulging of an artery. An embolism is an abnormal particle that travels through the circulation, such as clot, air, tumor, or foreign object. ...Read more

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What are causes/risk factors of/for aneurysms and embolisms?

What are causes/risk factors of/for aneurysms and embolisms?

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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Is an embolism the cause of a stroke?

Is an embolism the cause of a stroke?

Yes: Cerebrovascular embolism of a clot, plaque, tumor, valvular vegetation, or air bubble can cause a stroke by blocking a small brain artery which deprives a portion of the brain tissue its oxygen supply resulting in stroke. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between hemorrhage or embolism stroke?

Need imaging: Clinically you really can't tell easily which patient has had a hemorrhagic vs an ischemic (because of an embolus) stroke. There are some subtle clinical clues that are beyond what can be discussed here, but the easiest way to tell is a ct of the head. Often hemorrhagic strokes will show up on a non-enhanced ct right away while ischemic strokes often show no changes immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more


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