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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)

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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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?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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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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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?

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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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