What is the nursing care for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Resuscitation. The most critical part of nursing after a AAA repair is the immediate post-operative period- especially if the repair is done in an open fashion. There are dramatic fluid shifts that occur and close monitoring of acid-base status, blood pressure, blood counts, and breathing are critical. Once the breathing tube is out and the patients starts to eat, the focus becomes pain control and slow rehab.
Nursing care? There is no nursing care needed before repair and the care after repair would be no different than any moderate sized procedure. If the aneurysm is fixed with an endovascular technique, very little post procedure care is needed.

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Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Can't tell. Symptoms aren't peculiar to aneurysm, you need to be seen however if you have had these symptoms for long. History and physical examination would direct further management, like need for imaging studies and what type, good luck. Read more...

Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What is abdominal aortic aneurysm and what can be done about it?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Can a person with an abdominal aortic aneurysm lift weights safely?

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. Read more...
Avoid heavy lifting. Heavy lifting or straining leads to increased blood pressure - this can put pressure on the inside of the aaa. Read more...

What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

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. Read more...

Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that I cannot feel through the fat?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Please answer! What percentage of people that have an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

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. Read more...