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Can I live longer if im not having surgery with a level 4 aortic aneurysm?

Can I live longer if im not having surgery with a level 4 aortic aneurysm?

A time bomb: Having aortic aneurysm is like having a time bomb in your body -- you may be ok if it does not explode but you don't know -- so don't let fear stop you from doing what is right for yourself and your life. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive ...Read more


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My father in law has thoracic aortic aneurysm that needs surgery? How long can he live with it untreated?

My father in law has thoracic aortic aneurysm that needs surgery? How long can he live with it untreated?

Depends on the size: The larger the size the greater the risk for rupture which has devastating impact and poor survival. Would encourage repair if a good candidate for surgery. ...Read more

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Surgery for aortic aneurysm. How long is stay in hospital afterwards?

Surgery for aortic aneurysm. How long is stay in hospital afterwards?

Depends: Patients that have minimally invasive aortic surgery using stent grafts can often go home the next day. In my practice patients who have open aortic surgery typically stay in the hospital an average of four days. Some institutions have longer lengths of stay. Aneurysms above the renal arteries also stay longer because of the more extensive nature of the surgery. ...Read more

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How long can I live with an aortic aneurysm size 5.5?

How long can I live with an aortic aneurysm size 5.5?

Moderate to severe: Enlargement ...Very unusual in someone your age. Recommend evaluation with a cardiologist or cardio thoracic surgeon as risk of rupture increases with increase in size. Don't delay as you may need surgery. ...Read more

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I am 43 and need aortic aneurysm repair if i get endovascular stent and graft how long will it last before needing replacement or repair. ?

The results vary: Stent replacement of aneurysms of the abdomen are increasing inuse..The results, barring immediate complications such as leak ( endleak) are comparable today with open surgical repair. ...Read more

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My husband, 78, has aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8. Some mds insist on surgery at 5.0; others wait til 5.4. You? Also, bovine vs cadaver valve: prefs?

My husband, 78, has aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8. Some mds insist on surgery at 5.0; others wait til 5.4. You? Also, bovine vs cadaver valve: prefs?

5 is standard: To my knowledge aneurysms are intervened when they reach 5.0 cm. Though there are different factors that might affect a given clinical situation, that is the standard. I am not aware of the exact location but some of these aneurysms are treatable with synthetic material stents. I am not aware of an advantage of bovine vs cadaver valves other than that the cadaver is the same species. ...Read more

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Why is my md suggesting genetic testing to help determine if I should wait or have surgery soon on my 4.9 thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Why is my md suggesting genetic testing to help determine if I should wait or have surgery soon on my 4.9 thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Cause: Aortic aneurysms caused by genetic predisposition can have a much higher rupture rate and a more rapid rate of growth. These are operated on at a smaller size. Otherwise, 5- 5.5cm is the usual size to consider surgery. If there is a family history, or if the genetic testing is positive, family members should be tested. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm?

Yes: The approach (open surgery vs. Endovascular) depends on the extent of the aneurysm (anatomy), age and health of the patient. A ct angiogram is usually obtained to evaluate the anatomy and help make a decision. ...Read more

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Does any one know the risks of aortic aneurysm surgery?

Does any one know the risks of aortic aneurysm surgery?

Open or Stent?: Major surgery of any kind carries certain risks that vary from one person to another, depending upon the patient's general state of health. The surgical risk for repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm increases with age and the presence of other health conditions. As examples, people who have other heart or lung diseases, and people who smoke are more likely to develop complications. ...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. 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