Depends. There is a big difference between an open repair and an endovascular repair. Open repairs require aggressive cardio-pulmonary resuscitation post-op. Depending on the extent of the repair patients are often kept intubated the first night. Endovascular procedures are typically less of a physiological burden on the body and patients are extubated the same day and typically go home the next day.
Post op care AAA. For open repairs one goes home working on return to normal diet and activity level in a gradual fashion. Surgical clips from the incision closure are usually removed at 14 days post-procedure. Endovascular repairs are typically easier with two small groin incisions to recover from. Your diet has not really been altered in that procedure.
Endograft. Patients go home in a day or so. Wound care at groin incision. Light activity for 2 weeks.
No. Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections.
No. This shouldnt cause an aneurysm.
AAA and falls. When people say they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm they are talking about what's called a "true" aneurysm. These are not formed from falls. There are also "false" aneurysms and they can develop in certain locations after falls or other trauma.
Large Aorta. It is a large abdominal aorta. When the aorta dilates and is greater than 1.5 times its normal size (depends on height and sex). Close monitoring is needed if the aneurysm is less than 5.5 cm and asymptomatic. If greater than 5.5 cm or symptomatic, surgical intervention is required. I would recommend a surgeon with endovascular experience/ training.
What is aneurysm. Its a weakness in the wall of the artery that allows it to bulge, like a bulge in a garden hose. Ask your doctor to send you to a vascular surgeon. There are a number of options for fixing them when the time comes.
Depends. If the AAA is below the threshold for repair (~5cm in men and ~4.5cm in women), then lifting weights is relatively safe. Once the aneurysm reaches the threshold for repair, it is safest to refrain from lifting heavy weights until the aneurysm is fixed. More importantly, regular surveillance with an ultrasound / ct angiogram as well as good blood pressure control is good medical management.
No. Lifting weights will increase blood pressure and that may cause problems with the aneurysm.
Avoid heavy lifting. Heavy lifting or straining leads to increased blood pressure - this can put pressure on the inside of the aaa.
Depends. Size? Symptoms? Historically, a symptomatic 6 cm. Aneurysm patient would have a mortality of 80% at one year. If no symptoms 80% mortality at five years. Many more are treated earlier in the new era of ENDOVASCULAR therapies.
Aneurysm. The aorta lies deep in the abdomen actually against the spine. So it is difficult to feel in obese individuals. Given your age an abdominal aneurysm would be unlikey. An ultrasound of the abdomen is a good imaging modality to evaluate the aorta.
Possible. You could have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that you cannot feel, but at your age it would be unlikely. Chances of having a small aneurysm increase if you smoke or have a family history of aneurysm disease.
Bulge in the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body, carrying blood from the heart - to the internal organs - and the legs. An aneurysm is a weakness in its wall. It bulges out and may rupture with time. Your doctor will tell you how big it is and if there are any other serious signs. If small enough, it may not need surgery, but most over 5 cm do.
Dilated aorta. Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon.
Many. Approx. 15, 000 die every year of ruptured aortic aneurysms. Once an infrarenal aortic fusiform aneurysm doubles the native aortic diameter rupture risk approx. 20%/year. Early detection with cat scan/ultrasound/mri of the aorta and elective surgical repair advised. Risk of rupture for endovascular stent repair is about 3r%within 5 years and near0% for open surgical repair. Deathfromruptureorcadiac.
Ultrasound. We use abdominal ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is very sensitive and specific for that diagnosis.
Ultrasound, not echo. Aortic ultrasound or sonogram is commonly used to diagnose aaa, abdominal aortic aneurysm. Echo is specifically used to assess the heart: valves, chambers, ejection fraction, wall motion.