It is normal to feel a throb at the site where you take a pulse to
check your heart rate. As the heart forces blood through your body, you can
feel a throbbing in the arteries wherever they come close to the skin surface,
such as the wrist, neck, or upper arm.
An aneurysm is a bulging section in the wall of a blood vessel and
causes a throbbing pulse where the blood vessels has become stretched out and
thin. This area of the blood vessel bulges out, is weak, and may cause bleeding
when it bursts or ruptures. Aneurysms most often affect the large artery in the
chest and abdomen (aorta) and arteries that supply the brain, heart, and
Although it is not unusual to have an aneurysm without other
symptoms, common symptoms include:
Back pain or abdominal pain.
pulsating lump in the abdomen.
A pulsating lump behind the knee or
in the groin. The leg may turn pale and become swollen and
Headache.Strokemay occur if an aneurysm in thebrainbursts
Prompt evaluation and treatment can prevent an aneurysm from
bursting. Death from loss ofbloodcan occur quickly if an aneurysm
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
May 8, 2007
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May 08, 2007
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