Aortic Aneurysm – A Silent Killer

Are you above 60? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to ask your doctor for an ultrasound scan of your aorta to find out, whether you are suffering from aortic aneurysm. Men smokers are more often affected and those with a family history of aortic aneurysm should not hesitate. Make sure the scan is assessed by dedicated vascular specialist.

Who killed Lucille Ball,Albert Einstein, John Ritter and George C. Scott? Aortic Aneurysm!

Aortic Aneurysm

Well, more precisely, “the silent killer”. This is because patients suffering from this diseaseusually have no symptoms, until the aneurysm bursts.

What is “Aortic Aneurysm”

Aorta is the largest artery of the body. Abnormal enlargement or bulging of this vessel is called“Aortic Aneurysm”. This bulging of the artery occurs when a segment of the vessel weakens and expands.The bulge is created on the weak spot due to the pressure of the blood flowing through the vessel. The artery can burst causing an internal bleeding.

Aortic Aneurysm

Risk Factors for Aortic Aneurysm

  • Hypertension and high blood pressure.
  • Family History
  • Male gender

Prevention is better than Cure – be proactive

If the “aortic aneurysm”is diagnosed soon enough it can be very successfully treated. A key-hole surgery is safe and effective treatment.

If the aneurysm is small, then proper medication and observation works fine.

Did you know?

Only 50% people who undergourgent surgery after ruptured aneurysms survive, but that too with the perils of kidney failure, leg ischemia or dead bowel to name a few.Survival after planned surgery is 3 times better then after urgent repair for aortic rupture. Its no brainer!