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Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm Survival Rate
It bursts: The wall of the aorta tears because of increased pressure from the expanding aneurysm. Ruptures can be "contained, " with the bleeding confined by the lining of the abdominal cavity, or they can be "free ruptures, " when the bleeding occurs into the abdominal cavity. The second type is more deadly. Mortality with ruptured aneurysms is 50-90%. As many as 50% of people die before reaching the hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
Ascending aortic aneurysm growth rate of 6 mm in a year -- now 4.6 is this a growth rate that could be dangerous?
Need to watch: Ascending aortic aneurysms typically need to be repaired somewhere between 5 and 6 cm in diameter. Typical growth rate is between 2-6 mm per year. The important thing is to keep follow up appointments and scans to closely track its growth. Given your age it is likely you will need it repaired at some point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70s 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. Heavyweight 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Marfan's?: Repair when diameter 4.5cm or greater if bicuspid aortic valve or marfan's, ehrles danlos, with or w/o aortic insufficiency. Otherwise, 6cm. Your cardiac surgeon is the one that can advise you on the timing of your repair, earlier repair may be indicated depending on anatomy and sinus of valsalva size. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Size: What is the size and location. Repair advised if it grows over 0.5cm/6mo and diameter twice size of native aorta or 5+cm in diameter. It is unusual for a person your age to have an aortic aneurysm that needs repair but I have had several patients that I had to do coronary bypass in preparation for aaarepair surgery. R/o collagen disorder. Access arteriosclerosis, quit smoking, obesity, diabetes. ...Read more
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
Arteriosclerosis: Cigarrette smoking accelerates the process of arteriosclerosis which in turn results in atheroma formation with its multiple consequences depending on location. In the aorta it results in cystic medial necrosis leading to aneurysmal dilatation or the opposite, arteriosclerosis obliterans. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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