Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) AAA is a weakened and bulging area in the lower part of the aorta Aorta is the body's main supplier of blood.
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AAA A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Depending on the size and rate at which the aortic aneurysm is growing, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.
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Symptoms Some aortic aneurysms enlarge slowly, increasing less than half an inch (1.2 centimeters) a year. Others expand at a faster rate, which increases the risk of rupture. Difficult to predict how quickly an aneurysm enlarges.
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Symptoms Pulsation near the navel Tenderness or pain in the abdomen or chest Back pain
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Screening Anyone age 60 and older who has risk factors for developing an aortic aneurysm Men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked cigarettes should have a one-time screening Men age > 60 with a family history of AAA
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Causes of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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Causes Tobacco use Smoking causes direct damage to the arteries, Buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries (atherosclerosis) Cause high blood pressure. Cause aneurysm to grow faster
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Causes High blood pressure increases the risk of developing an aortic aneurysm can damage and weaken arteries
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Causes Infection in the aorta (vasculitis) Infection or inflammation that weakens a section of the aortic wall. (Rare)
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Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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Risk factor for AAA Age. 60 and older. Tobacco use. The longer you've smoked or chewed tobacco, the greater the risk.
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Risk factor for AAA High blood pressure. damages the blood vessels in the body, raising the chances of developing an aneurysm.
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Risk factor for AAA Atherosclerosis. damage the lining of a blood vessel and increases risk of an aneurysm.
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Risk factor for AAA Being male. Men develop aortic aneurysms more often than women. However, women with aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture than men.
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Risk factor for AAA Race. more commonly in whites.
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Risk factor for AAA Family history People who have a family history of aneurysms tend to develop aneurysms at a younger age and are at higher risk of rupture.
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