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My mother has aortic aneurysm. What should I tell her?

My mother has aortic aneurysm. What should I tell her?

Specialist referral: She needs to be seen by a specialist (typically a vascular surgeon) who can evaluate the anerysm and determine a need for treatment versus repeat imaging in the future. As importantly, you and any other family members need to be checked as there is a genetic component to aortic aneurysms (which means you or your siblings are also at risk). ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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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


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Just because my mother has brain aneurysms doesn't mean I have them right?

Just because my mother has brain aneurysms doesn't mean I have them right?

Not necessarily...: The cause of cerebral aneurysms is not clearly understood. Brain aneurysms are associated with several factors, including smoking, hypertension, and family history (genetics). There is a 2-7 fold increased risk of intracranial aneurysm in first-degree relatives. If concerned, see a neurologist. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_aneurysm/detail_cerebral_aneurysms.htm ...Read more

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My mother has an aortic aneurysm. What is the chance that I will also get this?

My mother has an aortic aneurysm. What is the chance that I will also get this?

AAA: When aortic aneurysms affect a female in your family you have an increased likelihood for AAA. You can diminish your risk as opposed to increasing your risk by never smoking and controlling your blood pressure. You are too young for AAA screening by ultrasound. If other relatives have AAA get screened in the future as your physician recommends. ...Read more

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Mother passed of ruptured brain aneurysm at age 50. I'm in late 20s. Do i need to be screened?

Mother passed of ruptured brain aneurysm at age 50. I'm in late 20s. Do i need to be screened?

Maybe: Screening may help you. There is no consensus. Discuss screening with your doctor. If it really bothers you get screened. Check out brainaneurysm.Com for info. ...Read more

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My mother was detected with ascending aortic aneurysm of 3.9 CM in april 2013. Will she be able to fly internationally?

My mother was detected with ascending aortic aneurysm of 3.9 CM in april 2013. Will she be able to fly internationally?

Yes: As long as she has no significant aortic valvular heart disease, and no chest pains or other unexplained symptoms, she should be fine. I wouldn't worry about the aneurysm ( again as a sole problem) unless it were at least 4.5 cm. Make sure she gets follow up for it though. ...Read more

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My mother is experiencing disorientation & confusion after frontal craniotomy due to aneurysm. Is it normal?

My mother is experiencing disorientation & confusion after frontal craniotomy due to aneurysm. Is it normal?

Confusion can never : Be normal, and need evaluation and treatment , talk with her physician and see what he tells u. ...Read more

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My mother has a pea sized brain aneurysm is it possible that they may not be able to do anything about this?

My mother has a pea sized brain aneurysm  is it possible that they may not be able to do anything about this?

Aneurysm: The average size of a large size pea is 5mm, in general terms depending on the location of the lesion, the rupture rate of aneurysms under 7mm is negligible. Consult a neurosurgeon for confirmation of this fact. ...Read more

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Lost a parent to a brain aneurysm; should all his children get scans?

Lost a parent to a brain aneurysm; should all his children get scans?

Maybe: If two first degree relatives have cerebral aneurysms, the answer is yes. With one first degree relative, not as clear. If really bothering you get screened with MRI or cta. Your insurance may not pay. ...Read more

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How frequently is aortic study needed in a patient who has a parent who died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm?

Seldom: Risk factors that predict the majority of abdominal aortic aneurysm are age, gender and cigarette smoking. The most potent risk factor for for aneurysm formation is a history of aneurysm in a first degree relative. Those who are 65 to 75 years of age that have ever smoked would benefit from one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm by ultrasonography. ...Read more

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Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have brain aneurysm. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?

Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have brain aneurysm. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?

Developmental: Brain aneurysms are developmental abnormalities, occurring at the branches of brain arteries, where the internal elastic membrane is absent. Their development is not under our control, but the one thing we can do is to make sure we keep out blood pressure in appropriate range. ...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?

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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I'm healthy, have low body fat, but otherwise healthy. how to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

I'm healthy, have low body fat, but otherwise healthy. how to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

MRA / Cerebral Angio: A diagnostic test is necessary. The least invasive would be the MRA if there are any questions the a Full Cerebral Angiogram is indicated ...Read more