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Can massage therapy help an aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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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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Is it alright to massage someone with an aortic aneurysm?

Is it alright to massage someone with an aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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Can Norvasc (amlodipine) help an aortic aneurysm?

Can Norvasc (amlodipine) help an aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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

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 more

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How can you deal with an ascending aortic aneurysm?

How can you deal with an ascending aortic aneurysm?

Echo...: Echocardiogram annually... When > 5 cm or aortic valve regurgitation is severe, then a bentall procedure is the classic repair. Speak with a cardiologist regarding this issue, not a primary care md or np. ...Read more

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What can be done to repair an ascending aortic aneurysm?

What can be done to repair an ascending aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

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 more

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Is hiking in elevation bad for an individual that has a 4.9 aortic aneurysm?

Is hiking in elevation bad for an individual that has a 4.9 aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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I have a 4cm ascending aortic aneurysm at what size does it need to be repaired?

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 more

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Can lifting cause an aortic aneurysm to rupture?

Can lifting cause an aortic aneurysm to rupture?

Yes: Lifting or any kind of strenuous exercise will increase the blood pressure. If this happens in a sudden fashion then conceivably the aneurysm can rupture. A lot depends on the size of the aneurysm as well. ...Read more

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How will having aortic aneurysm affect me down the road?

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 more

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How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

Rarely has symptoms: Most aneurysms are without symptoms until they begin to rupture or rapidly expand. Most are discovered on chest x-ray, ultrasound or ct scan looking for another problem typically, repair is not indicated in this location until the diameter is 5.5-6 cm. ...Read more

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What fruits and vegetables can treat ascending aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Maybe: Aortic aneurysms are difficult to detect by physical exam. If someone has risk factors for aneurysm (age >65 and family history of aneurysm, history of smoking or hypertension) then we advise an abdominal ultrasound for screening. ...Read more

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How many minutes does someone have to live after the aortic aneurysm ruptures?

How many minutes does someone have to live after the aortic aneurysm ruptures?

Not many: It depends on how fast the blood is leaking. There sometimes is time to get the patient to the operating room and repair the aneurysm so it does not necessarly cause immediate death. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

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 more

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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 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 an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more