Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able -- either physically or financially. Caregivers who are "burned out" may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their...
A thorough examination of the abdomen. Enlarged
pulsation of the aorta can sometimes be felt, suggesting that an abdominal
aortic aneurysm may be present. The abdominal aortic aneurysm must be about 4
cm in diameter before it can be felt.
If your doctor finds a pulsating mass in the abdomen, he or she will
suggest further testing. If you are overweight and your doctor feels strongly
that you may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, he or she may also suggest
further testing. This is because an abdominal aortic aneurysm is generally more
difficult to find in those who are overweight.
In the case of a thoracic aortic aneurysm, your doctor will do a physical exam to check for blood flow problems. Your doctor will listen for abnormal heart or blood flow sounds.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
April 24, 2010
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April 24, 2010
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