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Medicine For Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm
Serious condition: An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate. If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"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
Tear of the aorta: The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body running from the heart to the top of the pelvis. It has a smooth lining and a muscular wall. A dissection of the aorta is a tear of the lining of the aorta allowing blood to pass between the lining and the wall which can cause problems in blood flow and in some cases can be life-threatening. Acute aortic dissection typically produces sharp sever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: About 2000 new cases/yr in the US. Very high mortality. Hard to estimate actual occurrence, 1-3%of all autopsies or 1/350 cadavers. Very high mortality if ascending aorta involved. High index of suspicion, symptoms not consistent. If ascending aorta involved, emergency surgery needed. Most of descending aorta dissections can be managed medically into chronic. Periodic cat scans to monitor needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most: Most patients with a dissection aortic aneurysm have a sensation of tearing in their chest that is painful and distressing. However, between 5-15% of patients with aortic dissection have a painless dissection, making detection more difficult. Unexplained hypotension with dyspnea and heart failure usually lead to a diagnostic echocardiogram... But missed diagnosis are common in this group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hospitalization: Acute dissection of an aortic aneurysm in the chest requires emergency care. There are different types, but dissection of an ascending aortic aneurysm will fatal over 90% of the time in hours to days unless treated with emergency surgery. Acute dissection of the descending aorta may be treated with surgery or medical care depending on the circumstances, but always requires hospitalization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TO THE O.R.!: Aortic dissection may be treated with medical management or emergent surgery. With the improvement of endovascular grafts, surgical repair seems more common. A vascular surgeon will advise based on anatomy and location of dissection, vessels/organs involved. I've seen a few interventional radiologists do things also. Most important is immediate evaluation! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. ...Read more
Aneurysm/Dissection: An aneurysm is an area where the aorta has ballooned out compared to the aorta below and above. The more expanded the greater the risk of rupture. Dissection is when there is a disruption of the inner layer of the aorta and blood can flow between the layers. This often will cause blockages of aortic branch vessels resulting in stroke, heart attack, and bowel/kidney infarction, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had an aortic aneurysm with dissection and had a pace maker put in. Would it be alright for me to have alcoholic drinks?
I had an aortic aneurysm with dissection, and had a pace maker put in. Can i still drink alcohol?
I have an ascending aortic aneurysm and a descending aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection through the thoracic and abdominal aorta into the top of my ri?
This is an: unfortunate situation but you haven't asked a question. What would you like us to help you with. Formulate a question and try asking it again. ...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 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
4.9cm ascending aortic aneurysm. Am I ok to fly transatlantic? I'm concerned that if it ruptured, there would not be enough to get me to medical car
Surgical parameters: once the aneurysm reaches a diameter of 5.5 cm, surgical correction is mandatory, Use compression socks, walk around airplane and tretch/flex your lower legs.It is rare to see a rupture with an aneurysm less than 5.5 cm. Rupture would be fatal if it occurred over the Atlantic, since no land mass/hospital would be close enough. ...Read more
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