September 15, 2019
The Top 10 Symptoms of an Aortic Aneurysm

The Top 10 Symptoms of an Aortic Aneurysm


The Top 10 Symptoms of an Aortic Aneurysm. An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section
of the body’s main artery (aorta), which carries oxygen-rich blood to the brain and
rest of the body. If the wall of the aorta becomes weak, it
can balloon out and may eventually even rupture. A ruptured aortic aneurysm is a serious emergency
that can lead to massive bleeding and death. Fortunately, there are usually signs that
an aneurysm is developing before it bursts. Deep, Aching Pain. Aortic aneurysms can occur in the chest or
abdomen (stomach area) and are usually accompanied by a deep pain that some refer to as “gnawing”
in nature. The pain often radiates into the shoulder
blade, back, or flank. In some cases, it may affect the groin or
legs. Pain usually lasts hours o days (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/arm/signs). Pulsating Sensation. Some people with aneurysms report a pulsating
sensation in their chest or abdomen. Other say that they are more aware of their
heart beating. This is most common with abdominal aortic
aneurysms. Cough. An aneurysm in the chest can irritate the
nerve to the lungs or throat. This can result in a nagging, dry cough. This can also result in trouble breathing. Hoarseness. If the aneurysm puts pressure on the laryngeal
nerve, it can cause your voice to change. Hoarseness is the most common complaint, but
some people report changes in the pitch and/or tone of their voice. Cold Feet. If the aneurysm alters the flow of blood substantially,
it can affect circulation and this can result in blue, cold feet and legs. An aneurysm can also be a place for blood
clots to form, which can dislodge and affect cause pain, coldness, and even tissue death
in the legs (http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/aortic-aneurysm-symptoms). Trouble Swallowing. Because the aorta runs very close the esophagus
(tube connecting the mouth and stomach), aneurysms can sometimes put pressure on the esophagus. This can make swallowing difficult. People often report having food stuck in their
throat. Fever and Weight Loss. In rare cases, an aneurysm can become inflamed
and cause systemic problems including fever and weight loss. Inflammatory aneurysms can affect other organs
like kidneys and the bladder as well. Constipation. Some people with aneurysms report trouble
with bowel movements. This may be due to changes in blood supply
to the GI tract or as a result of an aneurysm putting pressure on nerves that supply the
gut. Dizziness. Aneurysms can sometimes affect blood pressure,
which can result in orthostatic hypotension. This is a condition in which people feel dizzy
when they sit up from lying down or when they stand from sitting. Fullness. Feeling full, even after minimal food intake,
is a rare symptom of an aortic aneurysm. The feeling of fullness may be accompanied
by nausea and even vomiting (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/aortic_aneurysm/page2_em.htm#what_are_the_symptoms_of_an_aortic_aneurysm). Potential Risk Factors. Aortic aneurysms can occur in anyone, but
are more likely in people who smoke, have high blood pressure, and those with high cholesterol. A family history of aortic aneurysms is also
a risk factor (http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/aortic-aneurysm/Abdominal-Aortic-Aneurysm). If you think you may have an aortic aneurysm
developing, don’t wait to see a doctor. An X-ray, CT scan, or MRI is usually all that
is needed to make a diagnosis.

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