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.

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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects aortic aneurysm? What is required to diagnose?

Ultrasound. An abdominal ultrasound will show if there is an abnomality of you aorta. It takes just a few minutes to perform and is very accurate. Read more...
Depends. The work up would include first an abdominal ultrasound to evaluate the size and then a ct scan. The next step depends on the size of the aneurysm. An abdominal aneurysm places stress on the wall of the aorta. The risk of rupture for an AAA over 5cm in diameter is approximately 20%, over 6cm approximately 40%, and over 7cm over 50%. Rupture of an AAA carries a risk of death up to 90%. Read more...

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...
Vascular surgeon. One who does open or endovascular repair to follow if small or intervene if sizable or increasing. Read more...

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

Yes. Ascending aortic aneurysms are treated once they reach 6cm in diameter. They are treated to prevent rupture. Typically they are monitored by ct angiograms once a year. A cardiothoracic surgeon is perfect to follow such a condition. Read more...
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. If the reason you are getting the ct of the abdomen is to rule out an abdominal aortic aneurysm then i would proceed to the table. The benefit of documenting the anatomy and determining treatment far out ways the risk of the ct. Read more...
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...