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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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What are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

What are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

Pain: The overwhelming symptom is of pain, whether the back or chest. If is of a severe, sharp nature. Otherwise, symptoms related to reduced blood flow can ensue such as a faint pulse, rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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What are the chances of someone getting an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an AAA?: The chances are small unless you have a family history or certain types of connective tissue diseases. ...Read more

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What are the signs are of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the signs are of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Signs of AAA: There frequently are no signs at all which is why screening ultrasound programs exist to pick them up in higher risk individuals. Some people my report feeling their "heartbeat in their belly". Unusual belly or back pain may also be symptoms. ...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 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 are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Usually none: Most of AAA have no symptoms and discovered by routine physical exams, screening ultrasound or incidental finding on ct scans. If symptomatic then usually pain in upper to mid abdomen sometimes radiating to the back or just back pain , rupture with severe pain and shock , sometimes present as clots traveling to the legs with acute pain or blue toes. Rare type is infected or inflammatory /fever. ...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 are the signs of an aortic anuersym?

What are the signs of an aortic anuersym?

None: There are no signs until is dissects - then: excruciating pain and death. If it's suspected, get an echocardiogram or CT scan with contrast. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm?

The worst headache: Almost all patients who present with a ruptured cerebral aneurysm describe a severe headaches, or "the worst headache of my life" and that is the least severe presentation. In more severe cases patients can have depressed levels of consciousness all the way up to a coma. A specific aneurysm location can also cause a enlarged pupil. ...Read more

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If someone has heart enlargement what are the symptoms?

If someone has heart enlargement what are the symptoms?

Heart enlargement: Heart enlargement itself usually does not cause symptoms, but it is usually a prelude to congestive heart failure, which results in the symptoms of shortness of breath on exertion, and fatigue and swelling of the ankles due to retention of fluids. The main reason we treat asymptomatic hypertension is to prevent heart enlargement and vascular disease like coronary and cerebral blockages. ...Read more

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What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

See below: The repair is an operation so you might have pain from the incision. Now if there are complications, you could get many different symptoms depending on the type of complication. The aneurysm itself could cause pain or an abnormal pulsation in the abdomen but most commonly are discover by an x-ray for something else or at the time of a routine physical examination. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Silent until rupture: Aaas are typically silent- no signs or symptoms until it starts to rupture. If you are thin and have a large aneurysm you may see it pulsating above the belly button. If you are male, >65yrs, and have ever smoked, an ultrasound can diagnose it. If you are female, a family history, age >65, and having ever smoked are the criteria for a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

A serious problem: Popliteal aneurysms very rarely rupture, but instead they more commonly thrombose. When this occurs small pieces of clot shower downstream into all of the small artery branches below the knee. This is a vascular surgery emergency. Over half of patients who suffer thrombosis of a popliteal artery aneurysm will require amputation, below or often above the knee. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

Few: Abnormal pulsation in the neck, prominent visible structure in the neck, otherwise these aneurysms produce no symptoms. Rarely tia's or stroke sx are noted. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

Subtle: The physical signs include a pulsatile neck mass. Otherwise, the findings are generally what you would expect from carotid disease in general. Since this a specific question, it soynds like you see something now. Follow up with your doctor for an examination and probably a carotid ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are the odds of surviving an aortic dissection?

What are the odds of surviving an aortic dissection?

Fairly good: Depends on the location of dissection and involvement of other arteries. With modern technology with odds are pretty good for survival. ...Read more

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What are the signs of someone who has renal failure be close to die?

What are the signs of someone who has renal failure be close to die?

Oh dear.....: Renal failure is a complicated topic, as the kidneys impact so many aspects of our body's health. I don't know from your question if you are asking about someone else - like maybe a parent, or if you are asking about yourself. Also, is the individual on dialysis? Heart failure is extremely common in people with kidney shutdown. Please talk to the nephrologist involved to get specific answers. ...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