Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Aortic aneurysm takes place whenever any segment of the blood vessel becomes weak and expands. Blood pressure flows via blood vessel causes the formation of bulge at various weak spots usually as overinflated inner tubes, which is almost similar to the bulge takes place in any tire.

Bulge often starts with small size and grows with continuous pressure. Aortic aneurysm is dangerous, as it causes rupture and thereby leads to internal bleeding. Bulging may take place in almost every artery of the body; particularly, it is common in abdominal aorta and brain arteries. Bulges in the artery are thus categorizes as false aneurysm, true aneurysm and dissection.

How Do You Prevent Aortic Aneurysm?

No medicine is able to prevent the problem of aortic aneurysm. However, lifestyle changes and other related important measures are appropriate to prevent and/or control various conditions, which may cause aortic aneurysms, such as high B.P or blood pressure and atherosclerosis. These steps even help in keeping the blood vessels in strong and healthy condition that too for a long time.

Quit/Reduce Cigarette Smoking: One of the best ways to prevent the problem of aortic aneurysm is to quit or at least reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day. Positively, you may find various counseling experts and medicines to help you out in quitting/reducing the bad habit of smoking cigarettes.

Control Your B.P (Blood Pressure): You should bring changes in your daily diet and thereby, consume low-sodium diet and make sure to dedicate at least one hour for physical exercises or any activity. These small steps will definitely help you to control your blood pressure and thus prevent aortic aneurysm.

Control Cholesterol Levels in the Body: You should have low fat and low cholesterol diet to control the levels of cholesterol in your body. At the same time, you should walk, jog or involve in any physical activity.

Manage Your Body Weight: Despite, losing extra fat or body weight may not likely bring changes in the entire course of aortic aneurysm; it reduces the risk related to any complication if you eventually require surgery. Hence, you should make sure to avoid carbohydrates and take necessary actions to overcome obesity/overweight problems or manage your body weight smartly.

Stay Active Always: You should discuss with your doctor about the amount and type of physical exercise is safe and beneficial for you. For instance, if aerobic or Zumba fitness activity is safe for you, you should make sure to perform such activities to increase your heart rate. You should always keep in mind that exercise for minimum 30 minutes daily give sound health benefits and assure about healthy heart.

Healthy and Balanced Diet: Good health of human beings depend 70percent on the daily diet and 30% on the physical exercises/activities. This statement is 100% true for the prevention of aortic aneurysm. Hence, you should have a healthy and a balanced diet consisting of green vegetables, juicy fruits, low trans-fat and saturated fat foods, high-fiber stuffs and low-cholesterol items.

Prevention Steps to Avoid Rupture of Aneurysm

If any person has aortic aneurysm of less than 5 centimeters, he/she should make sure to schedule regular appointment with the doctor, so that doctor may watch it carefully. Regular ultrasound exams are helpful in the detection of growth or any other significant change in the aortic aneurysm. A few experts have often recommended for screening in individuals exceeding 55 years age.

Screening: Screening is helpful in the detection of many aortic aneurysms, which otherwise may proceed in unrecognized way, as they do not contain any symptom.

Ultrasound: Ultrasound examination of abdominal area shows 80% or higher accurate results while screening for the already existing abdominal aortic aneurysm. Physical examination often fails to detect the aortic aneurysm in patients.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: January 27, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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