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Medicine For Aneurysm
Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of "upper" drugs?
Yes--can be mistaken: Aortic aneurysm is highly unlikely in someone your age. The only people I've ever known to have aortic aneurysm have been long-term (more than 20-30 years) smokers. Aortic aneurysms are characterized by a "tearing pain," that moves as the tear expands. Some have compared it to pain of a kidney stone. More likely you're having tachycardia and anxiety from the "uppers." ...Read more
Is a brain hemmoridge or aneurysm rare at 19years old? My mum had one due to drugs after I was born. Very frightened in case I get one
Not common. : But there are congenital aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations and trauma. ...Read more
Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the
Can propranolol help prevent a brain aneurysm from rupturing? If not, what kinds of medicines are typically used?
Good question: If you have high blood pressure, propranolol, among other medications, if the BP can be lowered, can help prevent the progression of brain aneurysms. Smoking cessation is very important. We are doing some work to see if hormones may represent another nonsurgical preventative measure. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read more
Unfortunately, few: There is truly no very successful medication to treat subarachnoid hemorrhage or brain stem intracerebral hemorrhage. Surgery where possible is often life saving. We have tried steroids, calcium channel blockers, and osmotic diuretics, all of which have disappointing outcomes in most cases. ...Read more
Hi, about two month ago I had an aneurysm in an artery in my thumb, completely thrombosed, was suggested to take aspirin and see by a resident in "internal medicine" who asked a bunch of questions but no tests were done. A couple of weeks ago I stardted h
Thumb aneurysm: If you truly have an aneurysm of the digital artery of your thumb, this is a rare problem that should be evaluated by a hand surgeon or a vascular surgeon. If you do not live neat a large city, you may need to travel to see the specialist. A clear diagnosis should be clarified, and you should then be referred. ...Read more
What to do if I'm 31 and I just found out that I have an aneurysm on my aorta. What to do if I'm very scared. does anyone have any info that they can share with me?
Aneurysm: Aneurysm is abnormal dilation of an artery: some say 1.5x normal size while others say twice or more the size of the native artery represents aneurysmal dilation. True aneurysm contains all the layers of the arterial wall while false aneurysm may have any or all components of the wall missing. ...Read more
For aortic aneursyms:
we are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis - high bp, smoking. ...Read more
Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms ... Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain (abdomen and/or back) and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read more
Not Mendelian: Not hereditary in the mendelian sense. Some families have higher incidence of aneurysms. Cofactors such as hypertension, diet and smoking habits may play a role in this. Connective tissue disorders are hereditary and some of these are associated with aneurysms but this is an indirect effect. I do not routinely screen family members but a negative mra can be reassuring. ...Read more
Abdominal (AAA)?: We are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more
Aneurysm: It really does depend on the size of the aneurysm and where it is. If it is >5.5cm and in the abdomen, one should seek treatment and repair. If it is less than that and in the abdomen, carrying on with daily activities is fine, but i would recommend being prudent of those activities. ...Read more
Variable: An aneurysm is basically a weak spot in a blood vessel that enlarges in a ballon-like fashion. Arteries in the brain have very thin walls so that aneurysms may rupture and cause a stroke. Aortic aneurysms may rupture and lead to fatal bleeding (that is how einstein died). If any questions check with your doc. Some small aneurysms have very low risk and are watched closely. ...Read more
Enlarged blood vesse: An aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel typically created by a weakness in the wall. The pouching is generally thin and weak and prone to rupture. Think of a tire that gets bubbles in its wall before popping. They can happen anywhere, but aorta and brain are common. They have many causes, but high blood pressure and smoking are often factors. ...Read more
Run in families: Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. ...Read more
Definitively by scan: Aneurysms come in many different areas and sizes. Some can be found by a good physical exam, but most will be discoverd by plain x-ray (few), ultrasound (many) or ct scan/mri.....Depending where they are located, they may be assymptomatic, or cause symptoms by pressing on nearby structures... ...Read more