An Aneurysm Can Be Prevented Through Early Detection
What is an Aneurysm? An Aneurysm is a condition that is recognized by abnormal bulges or balloon-like shapes, in the walls of one of your arteries. Most of these abnormal bulges occur in the main artery, known as the aorta.
This large blood vessel, is responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood from your heart, to the remaining parts of your body. This condition can develop and rupture, causing severe bleeding inside of our bodies.
The bleeding can be so bad that it can become fatal if it is not detected and treated in time. Whenever these abnormal bulges or balloon shapes, occur in the aorta of your stomach region, they are referred to as abdominal aorta aneurysms.
As a diabetic, you can also develop this cardiovascular disease in other areas of your body like the...
- Back of the knees and thighs
If the condition develops in your brain it can rupture and cause a stroke. Statistics show that an estimated 15,000 individuals die from ruptured aorta each year in the United States. That is a big number.
This illness, is believed to be the 10th most leading caused of death in the country among men over the age of 50. However, if the illness detected early enough, most of these individual cases can be treated successfully.
Types of Aneurysm
Primarily there are several known types of this illness that an individual over the age of 50 may experienced. They include...
- Aortic. These type of aneurysms are the more common ones. When an aneurysm occurs in the part of the aorta that passes through the thorax cavity (chest area), it is referred to as a thoracic aortic aneurysm.
- Cerebral. This particular type of illness occurs in the brain. This condition is also referred to as a berry aneurysm.
- Peripheral. These ones normally occur in the arteries other than the main one. They are more commonly occur in the back of an your thighs and happens in your popliteal arteries. A peripheral condition can also develop in the femoral artery, located in the groin area, as well carotid artery which is located in the neck.
Symptoms of an Aneurysm
As a diabetic individual, you can have this condition developing and growing for some time and not be aware of it. This growing process could take years before you begin to shown any signs or symptoms.
Unfortunately, indications or symptoms of the problem often do not show up until they have ruptured or grown large enough to restrict blood flow or begin pressing on other nearby parts of your body.
The signs and symptoms often depend on the type you have and which part of your body it is affecting.
Symptoms of A Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
These type of aneurysms may show no symptoms until they have ruptured and begin to leak. Signs of this condition usually include...
- Pain in the jaw, neck, upper back, or chest areas.
- Coughing, hoarseness or trouble breathing.
Symptoms of a Cerebral Aneurysm
Whenever a cerebral aneurysm presses on any of the nerves in your brain, it can cause symptoms such as...
- Pain above or behind your eyes.
- Numbness on one side of your face or body. This is usually a sign of a stroke.
Symptoms of a stroke are often similar to the ones listed for cerebral conditions but they come on more suddenly and are more severe.
Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic
You can develop an this condition slowly over time (years) and show no signs or symptoms until they actually rupture. Symptoms of this condition normally include...
- Pain that seems to penetrate deep into your back or the side of your abdomen.
- A pain that seems to be gnawing steadily in your abdomen which can last for hours or in some cases days.
- Coldness, numbness, or tingling in your feet. This can lead to restricted blood flow in your legs as well.
Symptoms Of Peripheral Condition
Peripheral conditions can cause blood cots which can travel through your blood stream if they break away. This can lead to other severe health problems, such as a blocked or restricted artery. Symptoms of a peripheral illness can include...
- A pulsating bulge in your neck, arm , or leg.
- Cramping pain during exercise in your arms or legs.
- Sores on the toes or fingers that are usually very painful.
- Severely blocked or restricted blood flow that leads to gangrene.
Test Procedures For Diagnosing An Aneurysm
If your doctor suspects that you have this condition, he or she may refer you to a specialist such as a cardiothoracic surgeon, a vascular surgeon, or a neurosurgeon for further diagnosis. Depending on which specialist you go too, they may conduct or carry out one or more of the test procedures listed below. They include...
- Ultrasound. This is a very simple and painless test procedure that involves the use of sound waves, that creates a photo image of the inside of your body. The resulting photo is then examine by the specialist to determined if there are any bulges present and the size of it.
- Chest X-ray. This particular X-ray, provides the specialist with a photo of the internal organs and the structures of the inside of your chest cavity.
- CT-Scan. This is a computer generated x-ray image of your internal organs. This test procedure seem to be more accurate than the one done with the ultrasound, to determine the size and shape of any balloon shape in your arteries.
- MRI. This test uses magnets, along with radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. An MRI is extremely accurate in detecting abnormal bulges in the arteries and locating exactly where they are in your body.
- Angiography. With this particular test procedure, a special dye is injected into your blood stream. The dye allows your arteries to show up on the x-ray. The amount of damage and restriction to your blood vessels can also be determined from this test.
- Aortogram. This test is referred to as the angiogram of the aorta. It can indicate the exact location, as well as help determined the size of any bulges in the aorta and any arteries that are associated with it.
What is the Main Cause of an Aneurysm?
Primarily there are several known factors that cause this illness. Some of these factors include...
Atherosclerosis. The damage that your arteries can sustain from this condition, can result in abnormal bulges in them. Your arteries can also become narrow and hardened.
- High Blood Pressure. You should monitor your blood pressure daily if you are a diabetes patient.
- Injuries to your chest that you may have sustained in an accident.
- Certain medical conditions like marfan syndrome which leads to the break down of the connective tissues in your body, making them very weak.
- Certain infections like syphilis which can lead to inflammation of your blood vessels.
Medications and surgery are available treatments for these medical conditions. A small aneurysm that do not cause any pain, are most often watch but left alone. However the more severe ones must be medically treated so that further growth and possible complications are prevented.
Treatment for any of these illnesses will depend on the type that you have, the symptoms that you display, and how severe the your condition appears to be. The best way for you or anyone else to limit or avoid risks factors, is too...
- Eat a diet that is low in fat, cholesterol, and consist of fruits and vegetables. This will help in keeping your arteries healthy.
- Bring Your blood pressure down.
- Treat your high cholesterol levels.
- Increase your physical activities level.
Always remember, early diagnosis, leads to early medical treatment which leads to the prevention of an aneurysm.
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