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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


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Beating sensations different areas all around belly button under ribs all different areas is it likely to be abdominal aortic aneurism last few months?

Beating sensations different areas all around belly button under ribs all different areas is it likely to be abdominal aortic aneurism last few months?

Not likely: Abdominal aortic aneurysms usually have no symptoms or sensation. Sometimes they can be felt through the front abdominal wall. An aneurysm in a 31 y/o without other medical issues would be very unlikely. Talk to your dr and check your pulse and heart rhythm an ultrasound would be the easiest way to elevate your fear and may see something else. ...Read more

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If I can feel my heart beat in my abdomen and I have middle back pain, could this be an aortic aneurism?

If I can feel my heart beat in my abdomen and I have middle back pain, could this be an aortic aneurism?

Possible: At your age, unless you have underlying disease (i.e. Marfan's), it's unlikely. If you are relatively thin, it would be expected to be able to feel your aorta pulse. ...Read more

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What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

Good Question: The largest abdominal aneurysm I have operated on was 16 CM in diameter. It is unusual these days to find really large diameter aneuryms due to better screening & due to the number found incidentally when exams such as sonograms or ct scans are performed for other reasons. Increasing size correlates with increased rupture rates. ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

Unknown: 10 cm is a very large aneurysm. The largest ever is unknown. ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair? " many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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To detect an aorta aneurism, can an ultrasound be enough? If not, can an MRI "without contrast material" be accurate enough to detect an aorta aneurism?

To detect an aorta aneurism, can an ultrasound be enough? If not, can an MRI "without contrast material" be accurate enough to detect an aorta aneurism?

See below: An ultrasound will detect most abdominal aortic aneurysms if it's technically good (i.e. no overlying bowel gas). The radiologist will generally comment on the quality of the study. An echocardiogram can generally detect a thoracic aortic aneurysm. A CT angiogram can reliably detect either but there is a radiation dose. A non-contrast MRI isn't the test of choice. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my symptoms are an aortic dissection or aneurism?

How can I tell if my symptoms are an aortic dissection or aneurism?

Pain: Aortic dissections in the acute stage (less than 3 weeks old) are classically described as a "tearing chest pain that radiates to the back" when they occur in the chest, which is their most common location. Aortic aneurysms are generally asymptomatic, but can cause abdominal or back pain, depending on their location. ...Read more

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My dad has a triple a aortic aneurism. The doctors have told him operating will not help. Why is that?

My dad has a triple a aortic aneurism. The doctors have told him operating will not help. Why is that?

Other factors: Surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is based on size (>5cm), location (below the renal arteries), and symptoms. If your father's aneurysm is less than 5cm, and he has no symptoms, observation and medical therapy is warranted. Small aneurysms are not helped by surgical intervention, since the chance of spontaneous rupture is very low. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurism I have an aortic aneurism of 4.0 since yesterday I have pain on my right to center chest radiating to back and right jaw?

Get checked: A 4cm aortic aneurysm is usually not something to worry about, but if you are having symptoms, you need to be checked now. A ct scan will show if there are any problems. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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Male70yrs, aerotic abdominal aneurism@4.1 going to lhasa tibet, has hbp. Precautions? Dangerous?

Thoughts: Why go? If important ok.
Small asymptomatic AAA should have low risk.
More concern about other cardiac, or lung issues at altitude. ...Read more

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What are the dangers in an aortic aneurism 3 centimeters?

Very mild: And likely can be followed with periodic ultrasound. ...Read more

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Assending aorta aneurism --- when can it burst, what to do?

Assending aorta aneurism --- when can it burst, what to do?

It depends. ..: The risk of rupture of an ascending aortic aneurysm is affected by things like the diameter, how fast it is growing, underlying connective tissue problems (marfan syndrome, bicuspid aortic valve, etc), blood pressure, and things like that. You should consult a physician to help deterine the most appropriate therapy for you - surgery or medical therapy with regular follow up. ...Read more

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I have had an abdomal aortic aneurism for a few years and my doctor hasn't mentioned surgery. Why?

I have had an abdomal aortic aneurism for a few years and my doctor hasn't mentioned surgery. Why?

Size matters: Usual 5.5 cm or more to do intervention
risks benefits need to be assessed and clarified for you.
Other conditions may outweigh need as well. ...Read more

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Could an aortic aneurism cause a chronic cough? (i read it can cause a legion on cranial nerve x causing problems in the larynx?)

Could an aortic aneurism cause a chronic cough? (i read it can cause a legion on cranial nerve x causing problems in the larynx?)

Rare: A aneurysm can lead to cough, but that very, very rare. Chronic cough causes can be tough to diagnose, but don't despair. Keep working on it and you'll get to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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I have been told I have a stage five aortic aneurism. I want to locate a vascular surgeon in the Springfield, MA or Albany, NY area.

I have been told I have a stage five aortic aneurism. I want to locate a vascular surgeon in the Springfield, MA or Albany, NY area.

A teaching hospital.: A University hospital in SpringfieldU Tufts U. Medical Center, or any of the reputed medical centers in New York, such as Mount Sinai, Presbyterial would be excellent choices. I do not know exactly how big the aneurysm is, where is located etc. If you are seeking a specialist in any of these places, please take a copy of the CT or the ultrasound with you and contact them soon. ...Read more

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Can an MRI scan "without contrast material" detect accurately an aortic aneurism? If it cannot, why? What are the side effects&harm caused by this MRI?

Aortic aneurysm: An MRI can detect an aortic aneurysm as long as the scan is done on the chest or abdomen. No additional contrast is needed for this, it can be evaluated with changes in the scan itself. However, for a CT scan to evaluate an aneurysm, contrast needs to be given ...Read more

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female 58 yrs Small aneurism in ascending aorta and arch; also PFO; high LDL & chol- can't take statins. Willl diet & exercise be enough?

female 58 yrs Small aneurism in ascending aorta and arch; also PFO; high LDL & chol- can't take statins. Willl diet & exercise be enough?

Depends on LDL level: AHA/ACC guidelines =treat based on an assessment of lifetime risk of developing heart disease. Typically, before statins are started, a sincere attempt at lifestyle changes, including avoiding saturated fats& exercising (atleast walking even 10, 000 steps/day) ought to be undertaken. Recheck fasting lipids 6 months later. No egg yolks, no shellfish; eat salmon, almond/walnut (Incr. HDL) ...Read more

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My mother has an aortic aneurism. She is 74 years old. Is it safe for her to fly roundtrip from Charlotte, NC to Orlando, FL?

What size?: The sense of gravity regarding aortic aneurysms really lies in their size. Larger aneurysms are more unstable and may be prone to rupture in the short term, which would prohibit being so removed from medical attention. Unless it's a really small aneurysm, I'd be concerned about the flight. ...Read more

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After how many time an endoleak after a descending thoracic aorta repair could be closed (the aneurism is stable after 2 CT in 1 and a half year)?

Uncertain: Depends on the type of endoleak certain types such aa type 2 can be watched so long aneurysm does not grow consult with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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What is an aortic aneurysm?

Weak wall: The aorta is a living pipe. It has 3 layers, the inner layer or intima, the middle layer or media were some muscle like cells dwell and the adventitia rich in collagen fibers. The process of arteriosclerosis may result in slow death of the media which then gets replaced by collagen scar. The pressure inside the aorta and the wall weakness will result in dilatation of the aorta and it could burst. ...Read more

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What causes aortic aneurysm?

What causes aortic aneurysm?

Known risk factors: Certain aneurysms are caused by genetic predispositions that is caused by such conditions as marfan's syndrome. Otherwise the usual cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and smoking. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Is aortic aneurysm inherited?

Depends: An aortic aneurysm can be the result of inherited conditions like marfan's syndrome. Conversley, aortic aneurysms may appear 'de novo' in those without a family history and only clinical risk factors such as atherosclerosis and hypertension. Since the relationship between genetics and environment is complex, if there is a family history one should always be extra vigilant and monitor. ...Read more

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What causes an aortic aneurysm?

Cysticmedialnecrosis: The aorta is a living organ. Has 3 layers. Intima, media, adventitia. The aortic wall is nourished by the vasa vasorum. Arteriosclerosis creates cholesterol plaque, the vasa vasorum occlude, the media slowly dies and becomes replaced by collagenous tissue, pressure and Collagenase activity weaken wall and it dilates excessively, if not repaired claims 17, 000 americans/yr.70%infrarenal. ...Read more

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What are causes of an aortic aneurysm?

What are causes of an aortic aneurysm?

Several things: About 5% of men over the age of 65 have abdominal aortic aneurysms. Risk factors include: increasing age, male sex, family history of aneurysm (may increase your risk 4-fold), hypertension, and history of smoking. Dissecting aneurysms can be caused by localized damage to to the artery from hypertension or trauma (deceleration or sheering-type injury) or catheter injury from an angiogram. ...Read more

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What is an infrarenal aortic aneurysm?

Below the kidneys: An infrarenal aortic aneurysm is a dilation of the aorta below the renal (kidney) arteries. This section of the aorta is located in the abdomen. ...Read more

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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