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What Type Of Doctor Should I See For Abtominal Aortic Aneurysm
If you already know: You have one, a vascular surgeon can decide if an operation or endovascular procedure is best for you. ...Read more
"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
I was diagnosed with a ascending aortic aneurysm by my family doctor. Do I need to go see a heart doctor?
Likely yes: Ascending aa usually get eval by cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist. There is risk of rupture that increases with size and risk of involvement of aortic valve of heart and arteries supplying head and arms. Treatment options depend on your health and specifics of aneurysm. Blood pressure control and stopping tobacco use critical. I expect you will be getting referrals at some point in workup. ...Read more
Can CT of sbdomen see aortic aneurysm? My doctor ordered a CT but have had 3 CT on brain. Is it safe to have another?
Yes ; Yes: The ct scans of your head have no real affect elsewhere. It's safe to have the abdominal one. The ct is the best method to see the overall size of an aneurysm, but it can underestimate blockages if not done with IV contrast to see the lumen (the opening inside). After you know you have an aneurysm, us may be used to follow it. ...Read more
Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects aortic aneurysm? What is required to diagnose?
Ultrasound: Of the aorta. No big deal.Get a more detailed answer ›
I am 45, never smoked. Vein doctor told me I have pre-abd aortic aneurysm. Can't remember the term she used, anyone? I think it starts with an M.
Can an echocardiogram find an aneurysm? I’m a 56 yr old man and my father died from an aortic aneurysm at 54. My doctor wants to do an echocardiogram. Do you think he’s looking for an aneurysm?
Aortic aneurysm: Only an ascending aortic aneurysm (one that comes right of the top of your hear) could be detected by echocardiogram. If an abdomimal aneurysm (descending aortic aneurysm or aaa) is what your father died of, an ultrasound of the abdomen or even a ct of the abdomen would detect that. ...Read more
Can an AV Fistula be created by one doctor and closed (this is the only thing he is doing), so that another doctor can treat and aortic aneurysm with a graft?
Yes: Ask your doctors to communicate and to develop a treatment plan. That way everyone knows what to expect. ...Read more
Have a kidney infection/uti and getting pains at the front above my legs when I move them. I may have classic type eds so doc felt stomach and listened high up. Does that rule out aortic aneurysm?
Who fixes AAA: A vascular surgeon can offer endovascular or open repair depending on what's best for the person. ...Read more
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
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 more
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
Yes: Though rare, there are certain genetic defects which cause a weakening in the walls of arteries including the aorta which can lead to aneurysms in younger patients. ...Read more
At around 5cm: It needs to be followed up with ultrasound every 6 months. When it grows too fast or has reached 5cm then it needs to be considered for repair ...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 more
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 more
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 more
No: Be careful if you have an AAA not to lift heavy weights. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on your overall health. Typically if the aneurysm is larger than 5 cm the risk of rupture is fairly high about 3-15%. Greater than 6cm about 10-20%. If successfully repaired then your life expectancy returns to near normal. Decision to operate depends on the aortic size and the estimated risk of surgery. ...Read more
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