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Heart Disease Health Center

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  1. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - What Increases Your Risk

    The leading risk factors for an aortic aneurysm are:2Advanced age.Being male.High blood pressure.Smoking. Ninety percent of people with aneurysms have smoked.3Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms.You may be able to change or control some of the risk factors that lead to atherosclerosis, such as: Smoking.High cholesterol.High blood pressure.Obesity.Diabetes. ...

  2. Chest X-Ray

    A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.

  3. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    What is an aortic dissection? Aortic dissection occurs when a small tear develops in the wall of the aorta. The tear forms a new channel between the inner and outer layers of the aortic wall. This causes bleeding into the channel and can enlarge the tear. Aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition. Aortic dissection can be caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and high ...

  4. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Ongoing Concerns

    Aortic aneurysms are hard to detect, as they often do not cause symptoms. Most people with aortic aneurysms are unaware they have them, and they are often diagnosed during an evaluation for another problem. If you are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you need to monitor its size and rate of growth. Set up regular exams with your health professional. This is especially important because ...

  5. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Living With an Aortic Aneurysm

    If you have an aortic aneurysm, you need close medical monitoring and possibly treatment. Talk with your doctor about how often you should come in for testing.Home treatment is appropriate to help prevent or control conditions that may be causing you to have an aortic aneurysm, such as atherosclerosis or high blood pressure.Stop smoking. Smoking increases the rate of aneurysm growth by 20% to 25%

  6. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have signs of a ruptured aortic aneurysm such as:Sudden, severe pain. An extreme drop in blood pressure. Signs of shock. If you witness a person become unconscious, call or other emergency services and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The emergency operator can coach you on how to perform CPR. For more information about CPR, see the ...

  7. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about aortic aneurysms:What is an aortic aneurysm?What causes an aortic aneurysm?What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?What happens in aortic aneurysm?What increases my risk for an aortic aneurysm?What else could be causing my symptoms?Who is affected by abdominal aortic aneurysm?Being diagnosed:How is aortic aneurysm diagnosed?Getting treatment:How is an aortic aneurysm ...

  8. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    If you have symptoms of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and your doctor believes you may have it,he or she may order a temporal artery biopsy to make sure. Giant cell arteritis can occur at various points along an artery. To test for giant cell arteritis,your doctor may have a surgeon take a sample of a blood vessel on your temple and test it for inflammation. If a temporal artery biopsy shows no ...

  9. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Symptoms

    Most people with aortic aneurysms, especially ones in the chest area (thoracic aortic aneurysms), do not have symptoms. However, symptoms may begin to occur if the aneurysm gets bigger and puts pressure on surrounding organs.Abdominal aortic aneurysmThe most common symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm include general abdominal pain or discomfort, which may come and go or be constant. Other ...

  10. Angiogram

    An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses fluoroscopy to take pictures of the blood flow within an artery (such as the aorta) or a vein (such as the vena cava).

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