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Which type of doctor do I need to see for anabdominal aortic aneurysm?

Which type of doctor do I need to see for anabdominal 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

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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I was diagnosed with a ascending aortic aneurysm by my family doctor. Do I need to go see a heart doctor?

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

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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?

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

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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm. ...Read more

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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

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Do I have to see a dr for thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: It needs to be monitered, and you need to be on tight blood pressure control. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...Read more

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Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Maybe: Aortic aneurysms are difficult to detect by physical exam. If someone has risk factors for aneurysm (age >65 and family history of aneurysm, history of smoking or hypertension) then we advise an abdominal ultrasound for screening. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Aortic aneurysms in a 21 year old would be very very unusual, but will not be excluded by a physical examination. An ultrasound or perhaps a ct scan can diagnose these, but there would have to be some clear clinical indication before one would choose to perform this. Good luck. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What type of doctor treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Who fixes AAA: A vascular surgeon can offer endovascular or open repair depending on what's best for the person. ...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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Can an ascending aortic aneurysm shrink by itself?

Can an ascending aortic aneurysm shrink by itself?

Unlikely: This is very unlikely. Aneurysms treated endovascularly (stents / endografts) do often shrink because they are depressurized. ...Read more

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How should I deal with an ascending aortic aneurysm?

How should I deal with an ascending aortic aneurysm?

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

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Is it possible for an ascending aortic aneurysm to shrink?

Not usually: But there is some variation in ct, mri, ultrasound so that one may see a report with a few millimeters ambiance:
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Also some after surgical repair or endovascular repair will be shrunk. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an aortic aneurysm and need some advice. Please!?

What to do if I have an aortic aneurysm and need some advice. Please!?

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

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Can someone in their 20s have an aortic aneurysm growing in them already?

Can someone in their 20s have an aortic aneurysm growing in them already?

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

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I have a 4cm ascending aortic aneurysm at what size does it need to be repairde?

Depends: Typically an ascending aortic aneurysm is repaired after it becomes between 5.0 to 5.5 cm in size, depending on other factors such as age, how quickly it is expanding, and the presence of other conditions such as marfan's disease. ...Read more

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I have a 4cm ascending aortic aneurysm at what size does it need to be repairde?

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

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Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

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

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Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

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

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Can echo pick up abd aortic aneurysm?

No: An echo will typically not look for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Some sonographers do but not standard practice. ...Read more

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Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

Will diverticulitis aggravate an aortic aneurysm?

No, but: Diverticulitis is not related to aortic aneurysm. However, if there is constipation, would suggest a good bowel regimen to avoid excessive straining. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

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

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Can you get an aortic aneurysm from lifting weights?

No: Be careful if you have an AAA not to lift heavy weights. ...Read more

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Ideas? What pain is associated with an aortic aneurysm?

None: Aortic aneurysms don't cause pain. If they dissect (in the chest) or rupture (in the abdomen), they're very painful. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after repairing an aortic aneurysm?

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

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