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Can Massage Therapy Help An Aortic Aneurysm
No AND...: If a person knows that they have an aortic aneurysm, it is likely large enough that it was found during a physician's exam. Some aortic aneurysms can be very sensitive and could rupture easily. While I am not able to find any reports of a ruptured aneurysm from massage, I do know of an aneurysm rupturing when a patient was being physically moved to an operating table. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
Yes: With the exception of deep abdominal massage or forceful back massage when the person is lying on his stomach. In general, we advise patients with abdominal aneurysms control blood pressure, refrain from smoking, and stay away from activities that increase intraabdominal pressure (like sit-ups or crunches or heavy lifting). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly yes: One of the approaches to the medical management of aaas is good blood pressure control. Norvasc (amlodipine) can certainly help lower one's blood pressure. It should be noted that the preferred blood pressure medication for aaas is a beta-blocker because it also slows down the heart rate. This is thought to reduce the mechanical forces / stresses on the AAA and minimize the expansion rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What to do about panic due to aortic aneurysm? My poor sister has a 5.2cm aortic aneurysm. It hasn't grown in a year, but she's really overweight and panics every time she experiences an odd sensation because she thinks she's going to die. Should she be
Aortic aneurysm: Without a strong family history of aortic aneurysm disease a 5.2 cm aneurysm can be safely observed. She needs reassurance not a psychiatrist. The rupture risk of a 5.2 cm aneurysm is very, very small but not absolutely zero, so encourage her to discuss with a board certified vascular surgeon. Standard risk patients are offered repairs of abdominal aneurysms at 5.5 cm and at 6 cm for thoracic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 45, never smoked. Vein doctor told me I have pre-abd aortic aneurysm. Can't remember the term she used, anyone? I think it starts with an M.
Surgery: Ascending aa usually needs surgical repair with cardiopulmonary bypass. If the aortic arch is involved, may need a bentall procedure as well, which is reconstruction of the vessels coming off arch. If aortic root involved, may need aortic valve repair. In rare cases, endovascular repair may be possible. A cardiothoracic surgeon and/or cardiologist will do tests and advise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The aorta is the largest artery in the body and is vulnerable to the same factors that cause problems in other arteries. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking all increased the chances of aneurysm formation as does stimulant use (such as cocaine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Elevation? No. : The root problem with aaas is a weak vessel wall combined with high blood pressure. If you have a aaa, it is important to perform low intensity exercise to avoid increasing your BP to dangerous levels. A 2003 study in "jama" recommends patients with known AAA to exercise with caution. Exercise is an important part of maintaining health and the presence of AAA should not stop you from doing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Couple of things: Ascending aortic aneurysms occur anywhere from just after the heart to just after the takeoff of the blood brain vessels. In descending aneurysm, the site is any of the remaining aorta. This becomes complicated because one type can also turn into the other. Generally speaking, ascending aneurysms are usually operated on, and descending are usually medically managed. Complicated topic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5-6 cm: Generally, these are fixed when they get to be 5-6 cm in diameter; however, other factors may apply, such as presence of a congenital condition such as marfan's and whether the aortic valve is diseased. You should discuss this with a thoracic surgeon who has experience with this type of repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on location and cause. Aneurysms are at risk for two major complications- rupture and dissection (which can lead to rupture or other problems such has blockage of other arteries or stroke). How quickly an aneurysm grows and the risk of rupture is related to underlying cause and annual or biannual imaging will be indicated to track the size. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrong treatment: You need an experienced vascular surgeon. Surgery, hopefully minimal invasive, is always required to correct or repair an aortic aneurism. Fruit & vegetables are excellent foods & should not be omitted as part of your post-operative recovery. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No,should not: Elective ( means not as in ruptured one ) aortic surgery has excellent result , with very low mortality. Recently more and more cases are being done by endovascular stents with out opening abdomen ( similar to coronary stents) observation for small aneurysms , surgery only if size is increasing, may be causing anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there warning signs for an aortic aneurysm? Any ways to prevent one? Is there an exam that shows if you are susceptible to one?
Perhaps: Positive family history, marfans or connective tissue disease, hypertension, smoking, no absolute predictors, but good accurate exams and imaging are available. Aneurysm can affect any part of the aorta - chest, abdomen pelvis and any named vessel! so full history and exams are relevant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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