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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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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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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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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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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