Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm can be a silent killer if left undiagnosed and untreated. Patients who have an undiagnosed AAA often feel no symptoms until an aneurysm ruptures causing a life-threatening emergency. An AAA is a ballooning of the aorta, the artery that travels through the abdomen and carries blood flow to organs in the abdomen and legs.
Symptoms of Aortic Aneurysm
- A pulsing sensation in the abdomen
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Back pain
- Sudden, intense pain in the abdomen
- Low blood pressure
- Fast pulse
- Over the age of 60
- A smoker or former smoker
- Have a parent or relative who has or had a AAA
- Have high blood pressure
Have blood vessel disease in other parts of your body
Aortic Aneurysm Treatment
- Keep blood pressure under control
- Avoid or quit smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Lower cholesterol and fat in your diet
CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE
The carotid arteries in the neck carry blood from the heart to the brain. Carotid artery disease results from a build-up of plaque in the artery. This blockage can narrow the artery and restrict blood flow to the brain, increasing a person’s risk of having a stroke.
IS MY CAROTID ARTERY CLOGGED?
Carotid artery disease does not always cause symptoms. The first alert that you have a blocked carotid artery could be a stroke. However, some people do experience warning signs. These come in the form of transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs.
During a TIA, you may experience a tingling, weakness, numbness or loss of control on one side of your body; loss of vision in one eye; or a slurring of speech. These symptoms are temporary and usually disappear within an hour. Nevertheless, they should be reported to your doctor immediately. If these symptoms last more than a day, you may have had a stroke.