ANEURYSM - Watsons Health
ANEURYSM - WatsonsHealth

ANEURYSM

An aneurysm is a swelling in the artery that is caused by a weakness in the arterial wall. There are no symptoms that may be felt by the sufferer, but somehow a ruptured aneurysm can lead to a serious complication.

Severe rupture of aneurysms can caused death in just 24 hours.

An aneurysm can affect many arteries at the same time. The most severe aneurysms can affect those arteries that supply the brain and the heart. An aortic aneurysm can affect the body’s main artery.

Aneurysms develop and rupture among individuals who have lots of bad habits such as smoking.

Aneurysms may need surgical treatment to prevent rupture but this is only done if it is life-threatening.

Types

The following are the different types of aneurysms:

Abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the large blood vessel that supplies blood becomes abnormally bloated outward. It is often found in people with a high risk for obesity and hypertension.

Cerebral aneurysms happen when the wall of a blood vessel in the brain becomes weak or abnormally increases in size.

Thoracic aortic aneurysm is an abnormal increase of the portion of the aorta .The most common cause is hardening of the arteries.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of aneurysm do not usually occur unless it ruptures. Aneurysms are silent killers because they block the circulation of blood vessels to cause the formation of blood clots in the brain.

Aneurysms do not have any symptoms, but their complications can be dangerous and life-threatening.

Rapid growth of abdominal aneurysms is sometimes accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing, and lower back pain.

DIAGNOSIS

Aneurysms often remain undetected. Screening is needed to identify people who are in need of monitoring or treatment. If symptoms appear, your doctor will conduct an MRI scan so that he/she can identify an aneurysm that has not yet ruptured. A doctor may order for a CT scan to look for ruptured aneurysms, especially if bleeding occurs in the brain. When there is severe ruptured aneurysm in the brain or heart, this needs immediate surgery.

 

MEDICATIONS/TREATMENT

Treatment varies in the cause of aneurysm for active treatment. A ruptured aneurysm needs quick surgery. Without immediate response, death may result.

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