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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm And Aortic Dissection

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What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

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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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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How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Depends: If you have a family history theres a 10% relation. Their wise hypertension and smoking are the most common contributing factors. As a rule a 37 year old should not be concerned. ...Read more

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Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Usually, yes: If your aneurysm is stable, and there is no indication for surgery at this time, flying is ok. ...Read more

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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Chest pain is the most common presenting symptom for thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, in some patients, the initial symptom may be rupture presenting as sudden death. ...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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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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How infrequent is a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare: Most aneurysms occur in people aged 55 years or older. Aneurysms are four times more common in men than in women. Other than aging with and high blood pressure. in younger patients, trauma to chest, infection , and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome are causes. ...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 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