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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
Depends: Extreme high blood pressure can induce rupture but of course also depending on the size , type/shape of the aneurysm . So small AAA less than 4 cm rarely rupture less than 1% . Ask you medical doctor and avoid very heavy excercise if your aneurysm is big. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's OK to fly: There's nothing about flying that will adversely affect your thoracic aortic aneurysm. You should have it evaluated by a vascular surgeon, depending on its size, at least annually. Our usual threshold for repair of a thoracic aneurysm that is not causing symptoms (e.g., pain) is around 6 cm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What type: I assume you have an aneurysm but where, cerebral circulation, aorta, small artery , vein? Bottom line is a tattoo will not harm your aneurysm but a sharp rise in your blood pressure will increase the pressure in the aneurysm making it more likely to burst. Any pain will raise your blood pressure so tattooing causes pain and thus there is a risk. Avoid the tat the aneurysm is more important. ...Read more
Can having an atrial septal aneurysm with a hole in it cause brain aneurysms which I have 3. Also is it safe for me to donate plasma?
Possibly: I cannot answer the plasma question but if you have an atrial septal defect then yes, any infected blood clots or material that gets into your veins could get around your lungs and cause it a brain aneurysm (paradoxical embolization). This should be discussed with your cardiologist to see if an atrial septal occluder device is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing ?
Aneurysm: The difference between an aneurysm and a ectasia is one of degree. An ectasia is a mild enlargement of the aorta that is less then 1.5 times bigger than normal. Bigger than that is called an aneurysm. The normal size is 2cm so >3.0= aneurysm. More then 5.5 is considered large. The most important factor is very good BP control. Dr will be following this with ultrasounds every 6-12 mo. Good healh ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: Life expectancy depends on numerous factors, overall strength and health, mental capabilities, history of heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, physical activity, lack of cigarette smoking, etc. An abdominal aortic aneurysm may be small, stable and not enlarging and then not affect a person's like expectancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had an aortic aneurysm with dissection and had a pace maker put in. Would it be alright for me to have alcoholic drinks?
Yes, if recommended: by a doctor for an abnormal heart rhythm then it may be deemed necessary to keep you from heart failure or worse. At your age of 74, I am guessing that the doctor is trying to keep you from having to take medicines for the rest of your life to control the rhythm, given that you are probably already on several other medicines. Good luck to you! ...Read more
Can an echocardiogram tell a doctor if someone is at risk for an aortic dissection? Such as an enlarged heart or enlargement of aorta?
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