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Best Hospital To Have Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery To Repair
"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
My father was told he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. But they are taking their time at getting him on the schedule for surgery. Is this common?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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