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.
Several. Pain in the chest or back depending on the location. If it is in the abdomen, you may see or feel a pulsation there. These are frequently noticed on an xray perhaps done for some other reason. Of course if the aneurysm ruptures, the symptoms get much more severe and could include passing out.

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What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Zero to major. Most patients with aortic aneurysms are without symptoms. If you have a family history or a personal history of certain connective tissue disorder, your risk for developing an aneurysm is higher and screening is recommended. Don't wait for symptoms to develop as aneurysm leakage or rupture will lead to severe consequences and even death. Read more...
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...

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...

What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

Silent killer. Unlike many medical issues, vascular diseases are often silent/symptom free until the "event". No warning symptoms. The "event" associated with aaa/abdominal aortic aneurysm is rupture, where internal bleeding from a crack in the AAA occurs. This event, rupture, carries a high morbidity and mortality. If you want to know if you have a aaa, get an abdominal ultrasound. Read more...
Depends. Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms ... Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain (abdomen and/or back) and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. Read more...
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...

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...
Pulsatile mass. In abdomen. Usually no pain unless getting ready to rupture. May embolize small clots to toe which cause small blue spots - blue toe syndrome. Read more...
Signs of AAA. The reason we screen for them is they are often silent but on some occasions people report feeling their heartbeat in the stomach. Other symptoms can be caused by an aneurysm pushing against something else in the body. Ask your doctor if your concerned you may have one. A simple ultrasound will answer the question for you. Read more...

Are rapid heartbeats and sweating symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

No, unless ruptured. If the aneurysm ruptured, mthe patient will be in shock which make rapid heart beats and sweating as the sign of shock. Read more...
Not completely. An abdominal aortic aneurysm usually does not have any symptoms. When you do have symptoms of pain in the abdomen or the back that is when the aneurysm is acutely expanding and maybe rupturing. These symptom are very serious and should be further evaluated in an emergency room. Read more...

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? Even more so after use of "upper" drugs?

Yes--can be mistaken. Aortic aneurysm is highly unlikely in someone your age. The only people I've ever known to have aortic aneurysm have been long-term (more than 20-30 years) smokers. Aortic aneurysms are characterized by a "tearing pain," that moves as the tear expands. Some have compared it to pain of a kidney stone. More likely you're having tachycardia and anxiety from the "uppers." Read more...