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.
Can overlap. These are different pathologies that can overlap and come together . It is rare for aneurysms to dissect but patients with aortic dissection can develop weak wall of the aorta that can degenerate a d dilate forming aneurysms then the term dissecting aortic aneurysm comes.

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Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

No. An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. Read more...

How does aortic dissection differs from aortic aneurysm?

See detail. The Aorta (and all arteries) is composed of three distinct layers that are normally fused. A dissection refers to a separation of these layers, usually caused acutely and can be a life threatening emergency depending on the location on the aorta. An aneurysm on the other hand is usually chronic and diagnosed incidentally during workup for something else. Treatment depends on size. Read more...
Aneurysm/Dissection. An aneurysm is an area where the aorta has ballooned out compared to the aorta below and above. The more expanded the greater the risk of rupture. Dissection is when there is a disruption of the inner layer of the aorta and blood can flow between the layers. This often will cause blockages of aortic branch vessels resulting in stroke, heart attack, and bowel/kidney infarction, etc. Read more...

I had an aortic aneurysm with dissection and had a pace maker put in. Would it be alright for me to have alcoholic drinks?

IN MODERATION. In general, it would be ok to have an occassional glass of wine or beer or cocktail, but you really need to get a final ok from your doctors. Some of your meds could make it difficult to consume alcohol. Good luck. Read more...
Probably not. You've already had 2 near death experiences and if your taking all the meds prescribed for you i'd stop drinking and smoking now. Good luck! Read more...

What is a dissecting aortic aneurysm?

Serious condition. An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate. If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%. Read more...
Inner tear. It is a tear in the wall of the aorta with blood flowing between aortic layers. It can cause rupture but the major risk happen from extension of this tear into major arterial branches like the coronary arteries causing hear attack , into carotids causing stroke, into mesenteric arteries causing dead guts , or into aortic valve or into pericardium which encases the heart causing sudden death. Read more...

What does having dissecting aortic aneurysm mean?

Torn lining of aorta. The largest blood vessel in the body normally has a lining consisting of three layers. If the inner layer tears away from the middle layer, blood may not flow properly into the arteries that serve the brain, the kidneys or other organs. Depending on the exact location of the dissection, this may be an emergent life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery. Read more...
Tear of the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body running from the heart to the top of the pelvis. It has a smooth lining and a muscular wall. A dissection of the aorta is a tear of the lining of the aorta allowing blood to pass between the lining and the wall which can cause problems in blood flow and in some cases can be life-threatening. Acute aortic dissection typically produces sharp sever. Read more...

Do a lot of people get dissecting aortic aneurysm?

No. About 2000 new cases/yr in the US. Very high mortality. Hard to estimate actual occurrence, 1-3%of all autopsies or 1/350 cadavers. Very high mortality if ascending aorta involved. High index of suspicion, symptoms not consistent. If ascending aorta involved, emergency surgery needed. Most of descending aorta dissections can be managed medically into chronic. Periodic cat scans to monitor needed. Read more...

What are the signs someone has dissecting aortic aneurysm?

Chest pain,back pain. A dissecting aneurysm can be silent until it produces complications. The walls of the aorta separate and create two lumens. It can progress back and rupture into the sac covering the heart and produce death by squeezing the heart. It can block other major vessels and symptoms would be related to the blocked vessel. It can rupture and bleed. Read more...