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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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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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Vascular headache ---worry about aneurysm?

Vascular headache ---worry about aneurysm?

May be: All headaches are not due to aneurysms , if your doctor suspects it is, he will order tests including mra to rule out. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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What are cerebral aneurysms?

What are cerebral aneurysms?

Grapes on a vine: Cerebral aneurysms are out pouch rings of the blood vessels along their normal course. Blood vessels should generally resemble drinking straws which gradually taper as they reach their end. In aneurysms, the arteries bulge out, sometimes very prominently (looking much like grapes on a vine) and posing a substantial risk of rupture because of the stress this places on the vessel. ...Read more

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Can having systemic MRSA cause brain aneurysms, heart aneurysms, or broken heart syndrome?

Can having systemic MRSA cause brain aneurysms, heart aneurysms, or broken heart syndrome?

Very rare: I am no aware of a brain or heart aneurism cause by a sepsis or bacteremia by mrsa. Can cause endocarditis, meningitis and encephalitis. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy(broken heart syndrome) is a rare cause of heart failure. Usually cause by a very intense emotional event. Severe infection, by some reference, a very rare cause. With actual evidence base data, i will answer no to your question. ...Read more

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What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Medial necrosis: Cystic medial necrosis induced by arteriosclerotic obliteration of the vasa vasorum of the aorta is the most common cause. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Not likely: Some are not ideal if too much gas. Or poor prep or obesity , but usually are repeated if technical issue. The infra renal aorta and iliacs are well visualized in most. ...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 splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family ?

Is splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family ?

Probably: Aneurysms of the splenic artery are the 2nd-3rd most common intra-abdominal aneurysms, and most common visceral artery aneurysm. The most common associated risk factors are portal hypertension and multiple pregnancies. Incidence is 4x higher in females than males. ...Read more

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What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Lower part: Infra renal aneurysm means it is involving the lower part of the abdominal aorta after it gives rise to the blood vessels supplying the kidneys. Infra renal aneurysms can be generally treated with a stent graft which is implanted going through the artery in the groin. It is thus possible that a major surgery involving opening the abdomen can be avoided. ...Read more

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Bulging Aorta: Ballooning of the abdominal portion of the aorta. The aorta is one of the major arteries that carry blood from your heart to the rest of the body. Sometimes patients with high blood pressure, cholesterol plaque formation can have weakened wall of this big artery, causing it to bulge ( balloon out) like when one blow air into a balloon; if ruptured, instant death can occur. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Ballooning : An aneurysm is diffuse or focal dilatation of an artery like the abdominal aorta of more than 1.5 times its normal size. For abdominal aortic aneurysm generally anything above 3 cm in 50-60yr old patient. They typically don't need fixed unless above 5 cm in females and 5.5 cm in males or rapidly enlarging or causing symptoms. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking marijuana cause abdominal aortic aneurysm?

All forms of smoking: are harmful. Smoking is a well established vascular risk factor. So I'm going to say yes, smoking marijuana can contribute to the development of an abdominal aneurysm. ...Read more

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What causes an aortic aneurysm?

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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Can brain aneurysm be genetic?

Occasionally: Most aneurysms are sporadic and not familial. If two or more first degree relatives in a family carry aneurysms, it is considered genetic and aneurysms are present approximately 10% of the time in those families. ...Read more

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What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body. ...Read more

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Can cerebral aneurysms be genetic?

Can cerebral aneurysms be genetic?

Yes: There are some conditions that lead to these - see your neurosurgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more