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Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

Arteriosclerosis: Cigarrette smoking accelerates the process of arteriosclerosis which in turn results in atheroma formation with its multiple consequences depending on location.In the aorta it results in cystic medial necrosis leading to aneurysmal dilatation or the opposite, arteriosclerosis obliterans. ...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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What could lead to an aortic aneurysm?

What could lead to an aortic aneurysm?

Aortic Aneurysms: It is not entirely clear exactly what causes aortic aneurysms, but we know of a few risk factors, probably the most significant of which is smoking. Other risk factors include atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. There is also a hereditary component, so these can run in families. There are also genetic syndromes such as marfans or ehlers-danlos which are associated. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Will a aortic aneurysm disappear?

Will a aortic aneurysm disappear?

NO: Aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta is a pathologic dilatation that does not disappear. Surgical resection makes it disappear. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

No but its not rare: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic . An aneurysm is defined as an enlargement of the aorta 1.5 x the normal diameter. The incidence is around 37 per 100, 000 patient yrs. There is a 3% prevalence in those over 50 yrs old. Male to female ratio of 9 to 1. Risk factors hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history and age. ...Read more

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When are aortic aneurysm repairs performed?

Based on size: The risk of rupture of an aortic aneurysm increases with its size (diameter). When the size reaches a certain threshold, the risk of rupture becomes substantial. At this point, a repair is justified either with surgery or a percutaneous stent graft. ...Read more

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If you get aortic aneurysm, how do you feel?

Usually nothing: Most aortic aneurysms form slowly over time and are completely asymptomatic. If the aneurysm develops a tear (dissection) pain is typically abrupt in onset and severe in intensity. ...Read more

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What are activities to avoid for an aortic aneurysm?

What are activities to avoid for an aortic aneurysm?

Heavy lifting: We tell people with aortic aneurysms to avoid activities that will increase intraabdominal pressure. This would include lifting anything so heavy it makes you grunt, doing sit-ups or crunches, or forceful straining on the toilet. ...Read more

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What is the typical underling cause for aortic aneurysm?

What is the typical underling cause for aortic aneurysm?

Arteriosclerosis: Most arteriosclerotic aneurysms result in cystic medial necrosis of the aorta resulting in dilatation of the artery secodary to the internal pressure and weakness of the arterial wall. Any part of the aorta and its branches may be affected. Infections with bacteria, fungus, syphillis may also produce aneurysms in the aorta. ...Read more

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Can someone in their 20s already have an aortic aneurysm?

Can someone in their 20s already have an aortic aneurysm?

Rare: Most are caused by long-standing high BP and smoking. However, there are connective-tissue diseases and congenital defects that can show up. These are often thoracic (in chest) and may involve the aortic valve. In patients at risk -with marfan's or the like- echocardiogram or other imaging may be indicated. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Aortic aneurysm?

Aortic aneurysm: "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, and other clinical factors. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What could cause an aortic aneurysm to burst?

Ruptured aneurysm: An abdominal aneurysm can rupture for many reasons. Most common is size. As the aneurysm enlarges the wall gets weaker. We know that aneurysms over 5 cm have a higher rupture rate and those should be operated on electively. Other factors making rupture more likely would be uncontrolled high blood pressure and infection in the wall of aneiurysm. ...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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Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

No, but: Diverticulitis is not related to aortic aneurysm. However, if there is constipation, would suggest a good bowel regimen to avoid excessive straining. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

It bursts: The wall of the aorta tears because of increased pressure from the expanding aneurysm. Ruptures can be "contained, " with the bleeding confined by the lining of the abdominal cavity, or they can be "free ruptures, " when the bleeding occurs into the abdominal cavity. The second type is more deadly. Mortality with ruptured aneurysms is 50-90%. As many as 50% of people die before reaching the hospital. ...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