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Does seeing a pulsation in my abdomen mean I have an aortic aneurysm?

Does seeing a pulsation in my abdomen mean I have an aortic aneurysm?

No: If you are slender then you may see the pulse of your aorta. If you have any concerns you should see your family physician or a vascular surgeon for further evaluation. ...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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How to differentiate epigastric pulsation between thin person and aortic aneurysm?

How to differentiate epigastric pulsation between thin person and aortic aneurysm?

Ultrasound: As was mentioned, there are many types of studies used to evaluate this but ultrasound is the easiest, quickest, cheapest way to evaluate this with no radiation exposure. ...Read more

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I am 20 year old male with bp around 130/70, but my bp was up to 160/90 for a week. Should I worry about aortic aneurysm if I can feel pulse in belly?

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I am 20 year old male with bp around 130/70, but my bp was up to 160/90 for a week. Should I worry about aortic aneurysm if I can feel pulse in belly?

Get it checked out: If you are very thin with little belly fat, you may be able to feel the pulse. Nonetheless it is best to get it checked out by your doctor given the presence of hypertension. Revised guideline has lowered the BP threshold so that even 130/70 would be considered high. Even more worrisome is the 160/90 measurement which would put you at a higher risk for stroke. ...Read more

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22 year old female. Healthy normally. What are the chances of me having an aortic aneurysm? Keep feeling pulse above belly button and upwards. Scared

22 year old female. Healthy normally. What are the chances of me having an aortic aneurysm? Keep feeling pulse above belly button and upwards. Scared

Chances are low: If you are fit and slim, it is normal to feel a pulse in your abdomen. If you are concerned there may be a pulsatile mass, have your doctor examine you and determine of further imaging is indicated. ...Read more

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My dad had an aortic aneurysm and had his aorta repaired. He says he's experiencing a burning sensation in his stomach now. What could it be?

My dad had an aortic aneurysm and had his aorta repaired. He says he's experiencing a burning sensation in his stomach now. What could it be?

Several possibilitie: Assuming his aneurysm repair was performed by a large abdominal incision, the burning could be related to the incision, the stitches used to close the incision, or adhesions inside the abdomen which occur after this operation. If the repair was through the groin and placing a stent graft, this answer would not apply. Need more information. ...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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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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What does having dissecting aortic aneurysm mean?

What does having dissecting aortic aneurysm mean?

Tear of the aorta: The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body running from the heart to the top of the pelvis. It has a smooth lining and a muscular wall. A dissection of the aorta is a tear of the lining of the aorta allowing blood to pass between the lining and the wall which can cause problems in blood flow and in some cases can be life-threatening. Acute aortic dissection typically produces sharp sever. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor do I need to see for anabdominal aortic aneurysm?

If you already know: You have one, a vascular surgeon can decide if an operation or endovascular procedure is best for you. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...Read more

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The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

Nope: Only if it is calcified. The best test is an ultrasound. That can follow the aorta and is commonly used to monitor the aneurysm. A ct scan can see it as well, but is much more expensive. ...Read more

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The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

No: Usually not unless there was calcification in the artery walls that shows up on plain film. Otherwise ct scan. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at all). Ultrasound uses sound waves and sees just about every aneurysm so it's the very best screening test! ...Read more

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I am female but my dad had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Does this mean i will?

I am female but my dad had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Does this mean i will?

Possibly: Aneurysms are caused by hypertension, atherosclerosis, and at some time, a weakness in the arterial wall. There are genetic problems which can lead to arterial wall weakness, and there can be a genetic predisposition for developing aneurysms. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a ascending aortic aneurysm by my family doctor. Do I need to go see a heart doctor?

I was diagnosed with a ascending aortic aneurysm by my family doctor. Do I need to go see a heart doctor?

Likely yes: Ascending aa usually get eval by cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist. There is risk of rupture that increases with size and risk of involvement of aortic valve of heart and arteries supplying head and arms. Treatment options depend on your health and specifics of aneurysm. Blood pressure control and stopping tobacco use critical. I expect you will be getting referrals at some point in workup. ...Read more

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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

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