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Can people over age 80 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired through endovascular surgery?

Can people over age 80 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired through endovascular surgery?

Age and endo repair: Absolutely. It is anatomy not age that typically determines who can have it. ...Read more

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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Why can't my family member talk after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery?

Why can't my family member talk after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery?

Something else: The aneurysm repair or surgery is independent of speech.

Still medicated?
Stroke?
Depressed?
Need to talk with the surgeon and review testing. ...Read more

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How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

AAA: By endo vascular non-invasive intervention or by open abdominal surgery to replace that segment of the aorta. Decisions depend of risk factors (age, health situation, risk of post-op complication, comorbidities...). ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm -- when should you have surgery?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these have to be evaluated in real-time by your physician. He/she has access to your examination, laboratrory data and many other diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what's going on and offer you help. ...Read more

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At what point should I consider surgery for my abdominal aortic aneurysm?

At what point should I consider surgery for my abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Large or gets bigger: Greater than 6cm or some say greater than 5 cm. .. Or if getting bigger, more than 1 cm increase per year. .. Or if affecting your abdominal organs. .. ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair? " many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

AAA.: It would be unusual to have an AAA at your age, unless you have some underlying medical condition that would make you more likely to have one at your age. We can sometimes normally feel the pulse of the aorta through the skin of the abdomen or even transmitted across the liver if we're pushing on the liver. But it couldn't hurt to confirm/deny with an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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I can feel/see pulse in upper stomach just below rib cage, especially when laying down flat. Is this normal? Do I have abdominal aortic aneurysm?

I can feel/see pulse in upper stomach just below rib cage, especially when laying down flat. Is this normal? Do I have abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Normal: Aortic pulsations are visible in the stomach in a skinny person. It is unlikely that you have abdominal aortic aneurysm. If you smoke the risk is greater and aneurysm can be readily detected with ultrasound.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Can't tell: Symptoms aren't peculiar to aneurysm, you need to be seen however if you have had these symptoms for long. History and physical examination would direct further management, like need for imaging studies and what type, good luck ...Read more

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My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

Most of these: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaa's) occur in older (over 65) patients with a history of smoking and/or hypertension. If a AAA occurs in someone younger or without typical risk factors then testing for various syndromes and genetic predispositions can be performed. Your doctor can help parse this out. ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Depends on size: Rupture rates from aaa's less than 4 cm are very small. Risk of rupture at 5-5.5 cm is about 5% per year. The risk goes up quickly from there. For example, 10-20% at 6-7 cm, and 20-40% for 7-8 cm. An intervention is often recommended if the aneurysm grows more than 1 cm per year or it is bigger than 5.5 cm. Data also supports consideration for a lower threshold in women (5 cm) - rupture earlier. ...Read more

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Growing size of abdominal aortic aneurysm; how much is safe?

Speed matters: 5-5.5 cm is the usual size that repair is recommended. But a growing aneurysm may need earlier repair -- esp if it increases in size by more than 1 cm in less than a year. ...Read more

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Who should I go to to seek a diagnose for possible abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Who should I go to to seek a diagnose for possible abdominal aortic aneurysm?

PMD: Initially you should go to your primary doctor. Then if you have an aortic aneurysm, follow-up with a vascular surgeon for advice ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 18 or you have to be over 50?

AAA age related?: Under very rare circumstances a young person could have an aneurysm. Ask your doctor. They can have an ultrasound done if needed. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

No: You may hear a noise- bruit.
With the scope held on the abdomen, it may bounce and with additional palpating you may detect the pulsatille mass- aneurysm.

Some by exam, but since we are an obese society these days, more are found on ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

AAA: Depends on cause. BP control is important. They bigger they are the sooner they rupture. Impossible to predict. Unless they have been tracking it. ...Read more

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I am female but my dad had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Does this mean I will?

I am female but my dad had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Does this mean I will?

Possibly: Aneurysms are caused by hypertension, atherosclerosis, and at some time, a weakness in the arterial wall. There are genetic problems which can lead to arterial wall weakness, and there can be a genetic predisposition for developing aneurysms. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety over the possibility of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

If you or your: Doctor are unsure, an abdominal imaging study, such as an ultrasound, will give definitive answer. ...Read more

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What are some foods ideas on what to make for somebody who has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Regular diet: If high BP then, low salt
if high cholesterol, then low cholesterol or diabetic type diet.

Herbs and spices can make any of these very tasty and enjoyable.

Take meds
non smoking
regular ultrasound followups. ...Read more

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How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

Location location: An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and having eating disorders?

Is there any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and having eating disorders?

Not typically: Very unusual for aortic aneurysm to cause abdominal pain or chest pain, sometime trouble swallowing in big chest aneurysms, or in case of inflammatory aneurysm which are rare that cause systemic symptoms of fever, pain, fatigue and possibly decrease appetite. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Not likely: Some are not ideal if too much gas. Or poor prep or obesity, but usually are repeated if technical issue.
The infra renal aorta and iliacs are well visualized in most. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Who fixes AAA: A vascular surgeon can offer endovascular or open repair depending on what's best for the person. ...Read more

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Could an ultrasound miss detecting abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dx of AAA: Ultrasound is one of the typical studies used to diagnose aaa. It is optimal to let the tech doing the study know if you are trying to look specifically for an aneurysm. The bigger the aneurysm, the more likely it is to be picked up. In other words a very small one would have a higher likelihood to be missed. ...Read more

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Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Possibly: A lot of people at rest can feel there pulsation. If you feel something pulsatile in your abdomen u need to be checked by a physician who can order a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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What can I use for abdominal aortic aneurysm if I don't have a doctor?

Not much: All treatment options require a doctor to repair it or medications to control it. If you have any habits like smoking or stimulant use, cessation can help and does not require a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Well: Getting into a tanning bed might be safe as long as you never turn it on! Tanning beds are a major risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can abdominal aortic aneurysm diagnosed with a sthethoscope exam or you need an ultrasound scan?

Diagnose AAA: While some large aneurysms can be felt with your hands on the belly an ultrasound is a much more effective and accurate way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

All forms of smoking: Are harmful. Smoking is a well established vascular risk factor. So I'm going to say yes, smoking marijuana can contribute to the development of an abdominal aneurysm. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

No: No. Risk factors for aaa's are age greater than 65, a smoking history, being male as well as a family history. The cause of aaa's is not exactly known, although many believe that they are caused by an inflammatory process. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Likely No: Abdominal aortic aneurysms generally have no symptoms. Often called a silent killer. A very large aneurysm in a small person could push on the abdominal contents and cause early full symptoms. Atherosclerosis disease of the blood vessels going to the intestines can cause pain after eating. ...Read more

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What point does a doctor preclude exertion when you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What point does a doctor preclude exertion when you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Most activities OK: Typically patients can continue most activities with a aaa. One exception is severe heavy straining such as weight lifting. Aerobic exercise should not increase the risk of rupture. ...Read more

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What kind of stomach pain does a person get if he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None: Having an aneurysm will not necessarily give you any pain. Symptoms may or may not occur even with large aneurysms. On many patients, symptoms occur when expanding or when rupture occurs. Unfortunately about 17, 000 americans die from aneurysm rupture /yr. Sudden flank pain usually on the left, abdominal distention, low back pain, with or without passing out, hypotension, collapse. Must diagnose early. ...Read more

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...Read more

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What is abdominal aortic aneurysm and what can be done about it?

What is aneurysm: Its a weakness in the wall of the artery that allows it to bulge, like a bulge in a garden hose. Ask your doctor to send you to a vascular surgeon. There are a number of options for fixing them when the time comes. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends on rupture: Incidence and prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)increases with age, making condition a significant issue as the population ages. Most common in elderly men and occurs in 5% to 7% of people over the age of 65 in US. Leading cause of death in men over the age of 55. Post-op mortality for ruptured AAA remains higher than 40%. AAA surgically repaired before rupture, postop mortality 1-6%. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends: Size?
Symptoms?

Historically, a symptomatic 6 cm. aneurysm patient would have a mortality of 80% at one year.
If no symptoms 80% mortality at five years.
Many more are treated earlier in the new era of ENDOVASCULAR therapies. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen) (Definition)

The dangerous condition where a portion of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, becomes thin and bulges out. This puts the aorta at risk of bursting, which is frequently fatal. ...Read more