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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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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive ...Read more


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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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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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Do a lot of people get dissecting aortic aneurysm?

Do a lot of people get dissecting aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Not on its own: Aneurysms tend to grow slowly over time: for abdominal aortic aneurysms, about 10% of their diameter per year, for thoracic aneurysms, maybe slightly less. Risk factors for growth include uncontrolled hypertension and smoking. ...Read more

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If you get aortic aneurysm, how do you feel?

Usually nothing: Most aortic aneurysms form slowly over time and are completely asymptomatic. If the aneurysm develops a tear (dissection) pain is typically abrupt in onset and severe in intensity. ...Read more

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Can young people get aortic aneurysms? What symptoms should one look for? How does one determine whether pains are anxiety or aortic aneurysm?

Can young people get aortic aneurysms? What symptoms should one look for? How does one determine whether pains are anxiety or aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Young people can get aortic aneurysms, classically with bicuspid aortic valves, or with other congenital abnormalities (Marfan's disease, or other connective tissue disorders). Most aneurysms are asymptomatic, and found on exam for other issues. Aortic aneurysm pain is variable, and less common. Evaluation by cardiologist/primary physician will help determine if further evaluation needed. ...Read more

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Should I get a yearly CT angiography or an MRA for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

No: Echocardiography is cheaper, has no radiation, and is accurate. I routinely follow patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with annual echos. ...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. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more