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Is there a relationship between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Is there a relationship between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

No: No. Risk factors for aaa's are age greater than 65, a smoking history, being male as well as a family history. The cause of aaa's is not exactly known, although many believe that they are caused by an inflammatory process. ...Read more

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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Is there any relationship between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Likely No: Abdominal aortic aneurysms generally have no symptoms. Often called a silent killer. A very large aneurysm in a small person could push on the abdominal contents and cause early full symptoms. Atherosclerosis disease of the blood vessels going to the intestines can cause pain after eating. ...Read more

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Can there be any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Can there be any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Not likely: Except with some huge aneurysms, early full feeling with meal --early satiety site term. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and having eating disorders?

Is there any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and having eating disorders?

Not typically: Very unusual for aortic aneurysm to cause abdominal pain or chest pain, sometime trouble swallowing in big chest aneurysms, or in case of inflammatory aneurysm which are rare that cause systemic symptoms of fever, pain, fatigue and possibly decrease appetite. ...Read more

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Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Can't tell: Symptoms aren't peculiar to aneurysm, you need to be seen however if you have had these symptoms for long. History and physical examination would direct further management, like need for imaging studies and what type, good luck ...Read more

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My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, I was traumatized, I'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

Most of these: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaa's) occur in older (over 65) patients with a history of smoking and/or hypertension. If a AAA occurs in someone younger or without typical risk factors then testing for various syndromes and genetic predispositions can be performed. Your doctor can help parse this out. ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Depends on size: Rupture rates from aaa's less than 4 cm are very small. Risk of rupture at 5-5.5 cm is about 5% per year. The risk goes up quickly from there. For example, 10-20% at 6-7 cm, and 20-40% for 7-8 cm. An intervention is often recommended if the aneurysm grows more than 1 cm per year or it is bigger than 5.5 cm. Data also supports consideration for a lower threshold in women (5 cm) - rupture earlier. ...Read more

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Growing size of abdominal aortic aneurysm; how much is safe?

Growing size of abdominal aortic aneurysm; how much is safe?

Speed matters: 5-5.5 cm is the usual size that repair is recommended. But a growing aneurysm may need earlier repair -- esp if it increases in size by more than 1 cm in less than a year. ...Read more

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Who should I go to to seek a diagnose for possible abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Who should I go to to seek a diagnose for possible abdominal aortic aneurysm?

PMD: Initially you should go to your primary doctor. Then if you have an aortic aneurysm, follow-up with a vascular surgeon for advice ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 18 or you have to be over 50?

AAA age related?: Under very rare circumstances a young person could have an aneurysm. Ask your doctor. They can have an ultrasound done if needed. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

No: You may hear a noise- bruit.
With the scope held on the abdomen, it may bounce and with additional palpating you may detect the pulsatille mass- aneurysm.

Some by exam, but since we are an obese society these days, more are found on ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

AAA: Depends on cause. BP control is important. They bigger they are the sooner they rupture. Impossible to predict. Unless they have been tracking it. ...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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How to deal with anxiety over the possibility of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

If you or your: Doctor are unsure, an abdominal imaging study, such as an ultrasound, will give definitive answer. ...Read more

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What are some foods ideas on what to make for somebody who has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Regular diet: If high BP then, low salt
if high cholesterol, then low cholesterol or diabetic type diet.

Herbs and spices can make any of these very tasty and enjoyable.

Take meds
non smoking
regular ultrasound followups. ...Read more

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How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

Location location: An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option. ...Read more

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Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Pulse in stomach area. Can this be an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Possibly: A lot of people at rest can feel there pulsation. If you feel something pulsatile in your abdomen u need to be checked by a physician who can order a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

All forms of smoking: Are harmful. Smoking is a well established vascular risk factor. So I'm going to say yes, smoking marijuana can contribute to the development of an abdominal aneurysm. ...Read more

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Why can't my family member talk after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery?

Something else: The aneurysm repair or surgery is independent of speech.

Still medicated?
Stroke?
Depressed?
Need to talk with the surgeon and review testing. ...Read more

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How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

AAA: By endo vascular non-invasive intervention or by open abdominal surgery to replace that segment of the aorta. Decisions depend of risk factors (age, health situation, risk of post-op complication, comorbidities...). ...Read more

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What point does a doctor preclude exertion when you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What point does a doctor preclude exertion when you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Most activities OK: Typically patients can continue most activities with a aaa. One exception is severe heavy straining such as weight lifting. Aerobic exercise should not increase the risk of rupture. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What is my prognosis?

Hard to say.: The abdominal aortic aneurysm may be managed surgically or with watchful waiting depending on size. Bladder tumors can be superficial and treated with scraping and chemotherapy in the bladder, or may be more advanced and treated with removal of the bladder or chemo and radiation therapy. It's important to know how deeply invasive the bladder tumor is. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What advice do you have?

Recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What advice do you have?

Bladder cancer/AAA: Determining if your AAA needs attention or if it can simply be watched still will be based on its size. Make sure your vascular surgeon and urologist are sharing notes meaning both are aware you have the two conditions. They will tailor a plan for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm? I have had it almost four years & it is smaller then a pea

Yes: Anything that doesn't incur increase in intra-abdominal pressure such as holding your breath with activity shouldn't cause any additional risk than getting in and out of a regular bed. ...Read more

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Generally speaking, is a fusiform abdominal aortic aneurysm considered to be a potentially serious problem? If so, in what way? Can it cause severe pain even if it doesn't "burst"?

Generally speaking, is a fusiform abdominal aortic aneurysm considered to be a potentially serious problem? If so, in what way? Can it cause severe pain even if it doesn't "burst"?

Potentially serious: An aneurysm's risk is related to leak or rupture. The chance of that happening is related to the size (diameter) of the largest cross section. The size is monitored and intervention is usually not suggested until it's >5cm. The other possible reason to intervene would be rapid growth of the aneurysm. In the WORST case, a free bleed from a rupture, you can bleed out all your blood into the abdomen. ...Read more

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What kind of stomach pain does a person get if he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None: Having an aneurysm will not necessarily give you any pain. Symptoms may or may not occur even with large aneurysms. On many patients, symptoms occur when expanding or when rupture occurs. Unfortunately about 17, 000 americans die from aneurysm rupture /yr. Sudden flank pain usually on the left, abdominal distention, low back pain, with or without passing out, hypotension, collapse. Must diagnose early. ...Read more

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...Read more

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What is abdominal aortic aneurysm and what can be done about it?

What is aneurysm: Its a weakness in the wall of the artery that allows it to bulge, like a bulge in a garden hose. Ask your doctor to send you to a vascular surgeon. There are a number of options for fixing them when the time comes. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends on rupture: Incidence and prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)increases with age, making condition a significant issue as the population ages. Most common in elderly men and occurs in 5% to 7% of people over the age of 65 in US. Leading cause of death in men over the age of 55. Post-op mortality for ruptured AAA remains higher than 40%. AAA surgically repaired before rupture, postop mortality 1-6%. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends: Size?
Symptoms?

Historically, a symptomatic 6 cm. aneurysm patient would have a mortality of 80% at one year.
If no symptoms 80% mortality at five years.
Many more are treated earlier in the new era of ENDOVASCULAR therapies. ...Read more

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Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that I cannot feel through the fat?

Possible: You could have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that you cannot feel, but at your age it would be unlikely. Chances of having a small aneurysm increase if you smoke or have a family history of aneurysm disease. ...Read more

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What is a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. How can I know if I have one?

Asymptomatic: Most of patients with aortic aneurysms aa are asymptomatic and discovered with routine physical exam, screening duplex ultrasounds and as incidental finding on ct scans. Some patients may have abdominal/chest or back pain or rupture. ...Read more

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How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

Rupture AAA: Best care is avoid rupture. Prior to rupture there are little to no symptoms. At time of AAA rupture, a life threatening emergency exists, the risk of death elevates. If you know you have a 10cm aaa, get it evaluated and repaired. If you have been evaluated (with a second opinion) and told a repair is not possible, then stay on your medical regimen. Make plan to avoid er if/when rupture occurs. ...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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Please answer! What percentage of people that have an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Many: Approx. 15, 000 die every year of ruptured aortic aneurysms. Once an infrarenal aortic fusiform aneurysm doubles the native aortic diameter rupture risk approx. 20%/year. Early detection with cat scan/ultrasound/mri of the aorta and elective surgical repair advised. Risk of rupture for endovascular stent repair is about 3r%within 5 years and near0% for open surgical repair. Deathfromruptureorcadiac. ...Read more

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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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How do you treat abdominal aortic aneurysm 17 year old?

Rare but treatment: Will be the same, need surgery regardless of age to prevent lethal rapture of it. Follow your doctor 's advise. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more