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What are activities to avoid for an aortic aneurysm?

What are activities to avoid for an aortic aneurysm?

Heavy lifting: We tell people with aortic aneurysms to avoid activities that will increase intraabdominal pressure. This would include lifting anything so heavy it makes you grunt, doing sit-ups or crunches, or forceful straining on the toilet. ...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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What exercise equipment in the gym should be avoided if you have aortic aneurysm?

Not sure. : It is not a particular equipment that is key to rupture of an aortic aneurysm. Rupture can happen even when asleep or at rest. On the other hand, any activity, whether physical or emotional, that suddenly raises blood pressure and heart rate may predispose to rupture. I trust your judgement. Moderation is key. ...Read more

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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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Ok, is it possible to engage in vigorous physical activity with bad heart valve and or aortic aneurysm without experiencing symptoms?

Ok, is it possible to engage in vigorous physical activity with bad heart valve and or aortic aneurysm without experiencing symptoms?

Not likely: The cardiac valve problem, especially aortic or mitral, will cause shortness of breath issues which would make it unlikely to continue what your were doing. The aortic aneurysm would have little to no symptoms with activity. Doesn't mean that the aneurysm can't rupture, in which case your symptoms would be pain and likely death. Very unlikely to happen unless the aneurysm is greater than 5 cm. ...Read more

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Why does the aha recommend people with thoracic aortic aneurysm avoid heavy lifting when my cardiologist says there is no study supporting this?

TRUE: Common sense will say the increase in intramuscular pressure with weight lifting will increase the arterial pressure that can possibly make the aneurysm to enlarge. I tell patients not to do the same. ...Read more

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What is an aortic aneurysm?

What is an aortic aneurysm?

Weak wall: The aorta is a living pipe. It has 3 layers, the inner layer or intima, the middle layer or media were some muscle like cells dwell and the adventitia rich in collagen fibers. The process of arteriosclerosis may result in slow death of the media which then gets replaced by collagen scar. The pressure inside the aorta and the wall weakness will result in dilatation of the aorta and it could burst. ...Read more

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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 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 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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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