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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more


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What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Often there are none: Over 75% of aortic aneurysms are found while tests are performed for another reason. Other aneurysms are found after a thoughtful physical exam raises a suspicion for AAA and a subsequent ultrasound identifies the problem. Screening exam programs are very effective, non-invasive, and inexpensive.

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What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

Depends: You may not have any symptoms from an aneurysm until it is too late. If you have a family history or even a suspicion of having an aneurysm it is worth having this checked.

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What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Typically non: Most of them are asymptomatic. Abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause mid abdominal and back pain sometimes. Severe pain and fever if infected. Unusually emboli or clots to legs and ischemia. Thoracic aortic aneurysm may cause back pain, or compression on structure like esophagous (difficulty swallowing), trachea or bronchus (difficulty breathing) or nerves like recurrent laryngeal nerve (horesness).

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Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of "upper" drugs?

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of "upper" drugs?

Yes--can be mistaken: Aortic aneurysm is highly unlikely in someone your age. The only people I've ever known to have aortic aneurysm have been long-term (more than 20-30 years) smokers. Aortic aneurysms are characterized by a "tearing pain, " that moves as the tear expands. Some have compared it to pain of a kidney stone. More likely you're having tachycardia and anxiety from the "uppers."

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Can young people get aortic aneurysms? What symptoms should one look for? How does one determine whether pains are anxiety or aortic aneurysm?

Can young people get aortic aneurysms? What symptoms should one look for? How does one determine whether pains are anxiety or aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Young people can get aortic aneurysms, classically with bicuspid aortic valves, or with other congenital abnormalities (Marfan's disease, or other connective tissue disorders). Most aneurysms are asymptomatic, and found on exam for other issues. Aortic aneurysm pain is variable, and less common. Evaluation by cardiologist/primary physician will help determine if further evaluation needed.

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Are rapid heartbeats and sweating symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Are rapid heartbeats and sweating symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

No, unless ruptured.: If the aneurysm ruptured, mthe patient will be in shock which make rapid heart beats and sweating as the sign of shock.

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What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

See below: The repair is an operation so you might have pain from the incision. Now if there are complications, you could get many different symptoms depending on the type of complication. The aneurysm itself could cause pain or an abnormal pulsation in the abdomen but most commonly are discover by an x-ray for something else or at the time of a routine physical examination.

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Advice for a 93 yr old female just diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm? Leave it alone?

Advice for a 93 yr old female just diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm? Leave it alone?

Depends on size: Treatment of aortic aneurysms depend on size, symptoms, & associated medical problems of the patient. Usually aneurysms less than 5 cm can be treated with observation. In a 93-year-old, age along with other medical problems must be taken into account to see if the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks. The best thing to do is to consult with a vascular surgeon who can help with this assessment.

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Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the

Aneurysm: An aneurysm is usually asymptomatic, and becomes symptomatic when it enlarges enough. If you can feel a mass and that's the aneurysm, you should have it addressed immediately because it means that it's large enough to create problems

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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Chest pain is the most common presenting symptom for thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, in some patients, the initial symptom may be rupture presenting as sudden death.

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Ok, is it possible to engage in vigorous physical activity with bad heart valve and or aortic aneurysm without experiencing symptoms?

Ok, is it possible to engage in vigorous physical activity with bad heart valve and or aortic aneurysm without experiencing symptoms?

Not likely: The cardiac valve problem, especially aortic or mitral, will cause shortness of breath issues which would make it unlikely to continue what your were doing. The aortic aneurysm would have little to no symptoms with activity. Doesn't mean that the aneurysm can't rupture, in which case your symptoms would be pain and likely death. Very unlikely to happen unless the aneurysm is greater than 5 cm.

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22 year old female. Healthy normally. What are the chances of me having an aortic aneurysm? Keep feeling pulse above belly button and upwards. Scared

22 year old female. Healthy normally. What are the chances of me having an aortic aneurysm? Keep feeling pulse above belly button and upwards. Scared

Chances are low: If you are fit and slim, it is normal to feel a pulse in your abdomen. If you are concerned there may be a pulsatile mass, have your doctor examine you and determine of further imaging is indicated.

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Can I exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm. He wants to start exercising in the gym, but I'm concerned it may be dangerous. Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Can I exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm. He wants to start exercising in the gym, but I'm concerned it may be dangerous. Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Your: Your father should avoid activities that raise the blood pressure excessively. Heavy weight lifting should be avoided at all costs, and he should focus on light aerobic activity such as briskly walking on a treadmill. A good rule of thumb is to exercise just enough to break a light sweat while maintaining the ability to carry on a conversation. I would recommend that he have an exercise stress test with a cardiologist to assess his blood pressure response to exercise and to help develop an exercise prescription. Any chest, back or abdominal pain or pressure with exercise should be taken very seriously and prompt immediate medical attention.

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What is an aortic aneurysm?

What is an aortic aneurysm?

Weak wall: The aorta is a living pipe. It has 3 layers, the inner layer or intima, the middle layer or media were some muscle like cells dwell and the adventitia rich in collagen fibers. The process of arteriosclerosis may result in slow death of the media which then gets replaced by collagen scar. The pressure inside the aorta and the wall weakness will result in dilatation of the aorta and it could burst.

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Where is an aortic aneurysm?

The aorta: The aorta is the large, main artery that carries blood from the heart. An aneurysm (a portion that dilates or expands to a larger than normal diameter) can occur anywhere along its length, from where it emerges from the heart in the chest (thoracic aortic aneurysm) to where it travels through the abdomen & splits into the iliac arteries (abdominal aortic aneurysm, or aaa) - or anywhere between.

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What causes aortic aneurysm?

What causes aortic aneurysm?

Known risk factors: Certain aneurysms are caused by genetic predispositions that is caused by such conditions as marfan's syndrome. Otherwise the usual cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and smoking.

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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.

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What causes an aortic aneurysm?

Cysticmedialnecrosis: The aorta is a living organ. Has 3 layers. Intima, media, adventitia. The aortic wall is nourished by the vasa vasorum. Arteriosclerosis creates cholesterol plaque, the vasa vasorum occlude, the media slowly dies and becomes replaced by collagenous tissue, pressure and Collagenase activity weaken wall and it dilates excessively, if not repaired claims 17, 000 americans/yr.70%infrarenal.

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

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