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Is an abdominal aortic aneurysm more likely to burst during extreme physical exertion?
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If you have an AAA you should avoid extremes of hypertension.
Extreme physical exercise will raise your blood pressure and that will increase the pressure on the aneurysm sac. Therefore most vascular surgeons would recommend against this sort of activity.

In brief: Yes
If you have an AAA you should avoid extremes of hypertension.
Extreme physical exercise will raise your blood pressure and that will increase the pressure on the aneurysm sac. Therefore most vascular surgeons would recommend against this sort of activity.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
I am not aware of any data, though anything that raises blood pressure high will stress the vessel's walls.
That being said, beta-blockers and other meds are meant to reduce your body's ability to generate dangerous pressures. Consult with your doctor prior to hitting the gym. We like to encourage good behavior whenever possible so will help come up with plan.

In brief: Possibly
I am not aware of any data, though anything that raises blood pressure high will stress the vessel's walls.
That being said, beta-blockers and other meds are meant to reduce your body's ability to generate dangerous pressures. Consult with your doctor prior to hitting the gym. We like to encourage good behavior whenever possible so will help come up with plan.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Yes
Increased risk if AAA more than 5 cm in diameter.

In brief: Yes
Increased risk if AAA more than 5 cm in diameter.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Perhaps
It is never a good idea to do anything that will increase blood pressure when you have an aneurysm.
Extreme exercise is potentially a cause of elevated blood pressure and that in and of itself is not good. Abdominal aneurysms rupture because the wall becomes weaker as the size increases.

In brief: Perhaps
It is never a good idea to do anything that will increase blood pressure when you have an aneurysm.
Extreme exercise is potentially a cause of elevated blood pressure and that in and of itself is not good. Abdominal aneurysms rupture because the wall becomes weaker as the size increases.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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