Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Abdominal aortic aneurysm refers to an enlarged area present in the lower portion of aorta, the major blood vessel responsible for supplying blood to the human body. Aorta has thickness similar to any garden hose and it runs from the heart via the central region of one’s abdomen and chest.

Since the aorta constitutes the primarily blood supplier in humans, a ruptured form of abdominal aortic aneurysm results in life-threatening bleeding problem. Once your doctor detects abdominal aortic aneurysm, he monitors everything closely to plan for surgery in case of requirement.

How Serious Is An Aneurysm In The Aorta?

How Serious Is An Aneurysm In The Aorta?

Severity associated with the problem of abdominal aortic aneurysm depends primarily on both risk factors and complications present in the problem.

Risk Factors of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal risk factors come with the following major risk factors-

Age: The problem of AAA usually takes place in a large number of individuals exceeding 65 years or more age.

Tobacco Usage: Tobacco usage forms a strong risk factor associated with the development of any abdominal aortic aneurysm and high risk related to rupture. The long time you involve in cigarette smoking or tobacco chewing activity, the great will be your risk related to AAA.

Gender: Men often develop the problem than the case of women.

Place/Country: Research reports have found that a large number of people from different areas/regions of United States are at relatively higher risk related to the problem of aortic aneurysms.

Family History: Family history is also a strong reason behind the problem and its severity. This is because; individuals with a family history of the problem of aortic aneurysms remain at increased risk to suffer from the same condition.

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis implies the formation of fat and several other substances, which may cause damage to the linings present in the blood vessel. This increases the risk related to the problem of brain or abdominal based aortic aneurysm.

Other Aneurysms: Besides the risks mentioned here, individuals may develop the problem of abdominal aorta aneurysm if they suffer from aneurysm in any other blood vessel, such as artery placed at the back of the knee or thoracic aorta that remains present in one’s chest.

High Blood Pressure (B.P): High blood pressure contributes a lot to increase the risk related to the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm in individuals.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Complications

Tears in any one or two layers present in the aorta’s walls or aortic dissection or a ruptured form of aortic aneurysm constitute the major complication associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm. A ruptured form of aortic aneurysm may result in life-threatening type of internal bleeding. Large aneurysm grows relatively very fast and increase the risk related to the problem of rupture.

Identifications of Ruptured form of Aortic Aneurysm

Doctors may identify the ruptured form aortic aneurysm in patients based on the following major signs and symptoms-

  • Intense, sudden and persistent form of back or abdominal pain, which even refers to tearing sensation in patients
  • Pain responsible to cause radiation in the legs or back portion
  • Clamminess and sweatiness
  • Nausea, vomiting and dizziness
  • Fast pulse rate and low blood pressure

Another major complication associated with aortic aneurysm is the health risk related to clotting of blood. Small blood clots may develop in various aortic aneurysm areas. In case a blood clot breaks loosely from aneurysm’s inner walls and causes blockage in the blood vessel elsewhere in the body, it may result in pain or blood flow blockage in toes, legs, kidneys and various abdominal organs.

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: August 23, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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