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For a year now I can feel a strong pulse in my stomach, about an inch below my ribs, in the center of both ribs. I feel it when pressing on area. Why?

For a year now I can feel a strong pulse in my stomach, about an inch below my ribs, in the center of both ribs. I feel it when pressing on area. Why?

Probably your Aorta: I suspect you are feeling your aorta pulsating- this is the largest artery in the body and the abdominal portion of it is located where you are describing. It would be a good idea to have your doctor examine you and confirm this though, especially if you are having any abdominal or back pain as that could signify a problem with it. ...Read more

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I can feel a strong pulse below my stomach. Does this mean that I have an aaa?

I can feel a strong pulse below my stomach. Does this mean that I have an aaa?

Maybe: A very slender person will likely be able to feel their own aorta. Most people should not be able to do that. If you have any concerns or if you have family history of aneurysm disease then you should have an ultrasound. If you are a male smoker with a family history of AAA then you should definitely have an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a strong pulse in my stomach?

Possibly: The abdominal aorta may be easily palpable in a slender person with no abnormality. Check your BP to see that it is not elevated. Have your abdomen examined to screen for possible aneurysm. ...Read more

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I feel a strong pulse in my stomach when I lay on my back. Is it something to worry about?

I feel a strong pulse in my stomach when I lay on my back. Is it something to worry about?

Unlikely: You're 18. I'm guessing you're thin? If so, it's perfectly normal to feel your abdominal aorta (your biggest artery) when you lie on your back. ...Read more

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I'm 16 got a really strong pulse in my stomach and I can see and feel it. It's really scaring me. I'm scared this could be a AAA. Please help me?

Aorta: I would suspect that you are thin and what you feel is your abdominal aorta pulsating and that is perfectly normal! ...Read more

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I have had no appetite for 8 weeks, feel full all the time (and very full after eating). Also I have a strong pulse in my stomach. Any ideas on what it is?

I have had no appetite for 8 weeks, feel full all the time (and very full after eating). Also I have a strong pulse in my stomach. Any ideas on what it is?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Does the aorta pulsate? Strong pulse in my stomach. Scared could be a AAA although I've had it as long as I can remember. (Years). Female and 17

Does the aorta pulsate? Strong pulse in my stomach. Scared could be a AAA although I've had it as long as I can remember. (Years). Female and 17

Calm down.....: Relax, there is nothing terribly unusual about discovering the existence of various pulse points throughout the body. The aorta is the largest vessel leaving the heart and as the heart pulses, so goes the aorta. It's unusual that a 17 yo girl would ask about this, so I wonder if you've discovered a family history of AAA. ...Read more

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I'm feeling a strong pulse in my stomach. I have ehlers danlos syndrome type four and a hernia above my navel. Slight stomach pain. What is this???

Risk for aneurysm: The connective tissue disorders, Marfan and ED are also associated with vascular aneurysms. An ULTRASOUND of your abdomen with attention to the pulsatile area will answer the most concerning question, do you have a vascular aneurysm?? Don't delay. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel strong pulse in my upper stomach after running/jogging? My 15 year old cousing feels it too (20min jog, it is normal at his age

Is it normal to feel strong pulse in my upper stomach after running/jogging? My 15 year old cousing feels it too (20min jog, it is normal at his age

Yes: If you are very thin, it is not unusual to feel the aorta (the major blood vessel from the heart) pulsate with your heartbeat. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel strong pulse in my upper stomach after running/jogging and something when resting (not strong that time) my BMI is 20.2, bf%=16%?

Is it normal to feel strong pulse in my upper stomach after running/jogging and something when resting (not strong that time) my BMI is 20.2, bf%=16%?

Yes: You are quite thin, so with exercise and increased cardiac output, you will be able to feel the pulsations of your aorta. You don't have much padding, so the normal pulsations of the aorta will be palpable. ...Read more

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What would be the reason that I can feel a strong pulse in the abdominal area?

What would be the reason that I can feel a strong pulse in the abdominal area?

Probably normal: Most people can feel the pulse that radiates from the abdominal aorta normally. If this is a new finding or it's painful, see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Strong pulse in abdomen, I can see and feel. Is it AAA or taa? I am 19, no insurance. Where should I go to get this checked out? Tests cost too much

Strong pulse in abdomen, I can see and feel. Is it AAA or taa? I am 19, no insurance. Where should I go to get this checked out? Tests cost too much

Not unusual: It is not unusual to see your pulse in your abdomen especially if you are thin. It is probably normal, but without an exam I cannot say that for sure. It would be very easy for you to see your family doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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I see and feel a strong pulse in my abdomen. It's so scary had it for years but it says it could be AAA? I'm 16 and female I'm scared to tell anyone

I see and feel a strong pulse in my abdomen. It's so scary had it for years but it says it could be AAA? I'm 16 and female I'm scared to tell anyone

AAA: An abdominal aortic aneurysm would be very rare in a 16 year old. Chances are it's no big deal. Best way to settle your anxiety is to get checked out. It is very unlikely you will get bad news. ...Read more

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Strong pulse in abdomen, I can see and feel. Is it AAA or taa? I am so worried, im 19, and have no insurance. What should I do?

Strong pulse in abdomen, I can see and feel. Is it AAA or taa? I am so worried, im 19, and have no insurance. What should I do?

Unless you have: A genetic predisposition for arterial aneurysms, it is rare for a 19 year old to develop an aortic aneurysm. But, only a physical examination and imaging studies can tell for sure. You should be seen by a medical professional to be sure. ...Read more

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I am female, 30, and 123 lbs and 5'5". I feel a thick-like "tube" down my abdomen and to left of belt button with strong pulse. Is it aorta and norm?

I am female, 30, and 123 lbs and 5'5". I feel a thick-like "tube" down my abdomen and to left of belt button with strong pulse. Is it aorta and norm?

Normal aorta: Hi. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. Unless overweight/obese (which you're NOT), it is very easy to feel. Stay healthy! Good luck! ...Read more

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Possible AAA I can see strong pulse in stomach im 21 and average size?

Possible AAA I can see strong pulse in stomach im 21 and average size?

AAA: Unlikely. In a thin person the abdominal aorta can be felt (palpated). But if you have concerns go see a doctor to find out or to be considered for an ultrasonography to rule out AAA. ALL SMOKERS MUST BE SCREENED ONCE IN LIFETIME FOR AAA. ...Read more

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I can feel a strong pulse on left side abdomen with a small lump. Occasionaly there is a sharp pain. Only notice this after I gave birth 11 months ago?

I can feel a strong pulse on left side abdomen with a small lump. Occasionaly there is a sharp pain. Only notice this after I gave birth 11 months ago?

You may need to make: Sure that you are not pregnant with another child first. Are you having steady regular menstrual periods? If so, then your "lump" may need further evaluation with Xrays and such. I would do pregnancy tests if you have not had periods, then see your healthcare provider for further help. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have what feels like a knot in my stomach above my belly button that has a very strong pulse. I'm 40 with ehler Danlos syndrome. Hurts when laying?

I have what feels like a knot in my stomach above my belly button that has a very strong pulse. I'm 40 with ehler Danlos syndrome. Hurts when laying?

Needs exam and US: Some forms of Ehlers-Danlos are prone to develop dilated arteries (aneurysms). You should seek an immediate evaluation and may need an ultrasound or CT scan. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a strong pulse in buttocks when laying on stomach in bed? Is this a symptom of high bp? 19 year old male.

What could be the cause of a strong pulse in buttocks when laying on stomach in bed? Is this a symptom of high bp? 19 year old male.

Not Likely: A pulse felt in the buttock area may be the blood vessel sensation. Symptoms of high blood pressure start weith headaches, blurred vision etc. If you have concerns about your BP, you should get it checked out a few times at a nearby drug store to reassure yourself and consult your PCP if any doubt. Feel good! ...Read more

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I can feel my heart beat in my stomach and watch my stomach move with each beat. I can also feel a strong pulse in my neck thighs. Is something wrong?

Normal.: It is normal to see the abdominal wall move slightly with each heartbeat as the blood pulses down the aorta (the largest artery in the body). It is also normal to feel the pulse in the neck and groin area (femoral artery). ...Read more

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If I have a strong pulse in my stomach, could it be an aortic aneurysm?

Possible: Thin people tend to feel their aortic pulse easier. If there is any concern or family history then you need a physician to examine you and probably get an ultrasound of the abdomen if there is any suspicion. ...Read more

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16, female. I can feel and see a pulse in my stomach is this normal? Sometimes its stronger other times its weak. No pain my boyfriend has it to. Is t

16, female. I can feel and see a pulse in my stomach is this normal? Sometimes its stronger other times its weak. No pain my boyfriend has it to. Is t

Normal: It is common and normal to see pulsations in the abdomen as the largest artery in the body, the aorta, is located in the midline of the abdomen. It is very visible in slender people. If the pulsations are exceedingly prominent or a very large mass is present, a physician should examine you, however although an aneurysm would be very unusual in your age group. ...Read more