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.


 

Aneurysms can form in arteries throughout the body, but most occur in the aorta. If it occurs in the portion of the aorta in your chest, it is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm.

 


 

Symptoms of Aortic Aneurysm

Aneurysms may expand slowly or quickly, or they may stay the same size for many years. They often develop without any warning signs. Sometimes, however, people experience symptoms from an aneurysm that can include:

 

  • A pulsing sensation in the abdomen
  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • Back pain
A burst aneurysm is a medical emergency. Signs of a ruptured aneurysm include:

 

  • Sudden, intense pain in the abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fast pulse

 

Diagnosis™

In most cases, an aortic aneurysm is detected during a routine physical exam or while testing for another condition, such as during an X-ray or ultrasound. If an aneurysm is suspected, your doctor will perform an ultrasound in order to confirm this diagnosis. You may be at risk for this condition, and should be screened if you are:
  • 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

     

 

If an aneurysm is discovered, it will be monitored closely. Many remain small and never rupture. Large, fast-growing, or leaking aneurysms may require surgery. Surgery is performed immediately on aneurysms that threaten imminent rupture or that have already ruptured.

 

Aortic Aneurysm Treatment

Treatment for an aortic aneurysm depends on the size and severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s overall health. Dr. Ramdev regularly screens patients who are diagnosed with an aneurysm with an ultrasound ordered at regular intervals depending on the size of an aneurysm and other potential risk factors. Over 80% of patients who need surgery are treated with minimally invasive techniques and return home within one to two days of surgery.

 

Prevention

Although there is no surefire way to prevent an aortic aneurysm from developing, there are certain steps patients can follow to reduce their risk. It is important to:

 

  • 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.


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