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Can i exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm. He wants to start exercising in the gym, but i'm concerned it may be dangerous. Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Can i exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm.  He wants to start exercising in the gym, but i'm concerned it may be dangerous.  Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Your : Your father should avoid activities that raise the blood pressure excessively. Heavy weight lifting should be avoided at all costs, and he should focus on light aerobic activity such as briskly walking on a treadmill. A good rule of thumb is to exercise just enough to break a light sweat while maintaining the ability to carry on a conversation. I would recommend that he have an exercise stress test with a cardiologist to assess his blood pressure response to exercise and to help develop an exercise prescription. Any chest, back or abdominal pain or pressure with exercise should be taken very seriously and prompt immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"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


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Where is an aortic aneurysm?

Where is an aortic aneurysm?

The aorta: The aorta is the large, main artery that carries blood from the heart. An aneurysm (a portion that dilates or expands to a larger than normal diameter) can occur anywhere along its length, from where it emerges from the heart in the chest (thoracic aortic aneurysm) to where it travels through the abdomen & splits into the iliac arteries (abdominal aortic aneurysm, or aaa) - or anywhere between. ...Read more

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What is an acute aortic aneurysm?

What is an acute aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: An aortic aneurysm is an aorta which is larger than it is supposed to be. "acute" refers to the sudden onset of symptoms. The aneurysm can cause pain by suddenly enlarging, encroaching on surrounding parts of the chest or abdomen, or rupturing. ...Read more

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What could lead to an aortic aneurysm?

What could lead to an aortic aneurysm?

Aortic Aneurysms: It is not entirely clear exactly what causes aortic aneurysms, but we know of a few risk factors, probably the most significant of which is smoking. Other risk factors include atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. There is also a hereditary component, so these can run in families. There are also genetic syndromes such as marfans or ehlers-danlos which are associated. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the tests for aortic aneurysm?

What are the tests for aortic aneurysm?

Ultrasound: A high quality abdominal ultrasound is the best test to exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Don't delay and get checked out today! good luck! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Often there are none: Over 75% of aortic aneurysms are found while tests are performed for another reason. Other aneurysms are found after a thoughtful physical exam raises a suspicion for AAA and a subsequent ultrasound identifies the problem. Screening exam programs are very effective, non-invasive, and inexpensive. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

Depends: You may not have any symptoms from an aneurysm until it is too late. If you have a family history or even a suspicion of having an aneurysm it is worth having this checked. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an aortic aneurysm?

What sort of problem is an aortic aneurysm?

Serious: Aortic aneurysm indicates ballooning of the aorta which could burst if it exceeds certain diameter between 5-5.5 cm. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Typically non: Most of them are asymptomatic. Abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause mid abdominal and back pain sometimes. Severe pain and fever if infected. Unusually emboli or clots to legs and ischemia. Thoracic aortic aneurysm may cause back pain, or compression on structure like esophagous(difficulty swallowing), trachea or bronchus( difficulty breathing) or nerves like recurrent laryngeal nerve( horesness). ...Read more

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What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Thoracic aortic aneu: read this: http://www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/pages/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm.aspx

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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm. ...Read more

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Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

It's OK to fly: There's nothing about flying that will adversely affect your thoracic aortic aneurysm. You should have it evaluated by a vascular surgeon, depending on its size, at least annually. Our usual threshold for repair of a thoracic aneurysm that is not causing symptoms (e.g., pain) is around 6 cm. ...Read more

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Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Sure: It would be ok as long as it is not very large more than 6 cm and you don't have sudden changes in blood pressure. ...Read more

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Do people with dissecting aortic aneurysm have a lot of pain?

Do people with dissecting aortic aneurysm have a lot of pain?

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 more

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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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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 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