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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Open Repair Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    Open surgery is done to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is called an open surgery because the abdomen is opened so the doctor can see and work on the aorta. Open surgery is the traditional method of repair.To repair the aneurysm, a doctor uses a man-made tube (called a graft) to replace the weak and bulging section of the aorta in the belly. General anesthesia is used for this surgery. The doctor makes a large cut (incision) in the belly or the side of the abdomen. The doctor puts clamps on the aorta above and below the aneurysm. This stops blood flow through the area that the doctor is working on. The doctor removes the aneurysm and attaches the graft to the aorta. For some aneurysms, the doctor leaves the aneurysm wall intact, and the graft is placed inside the aneurysm.After the aorta is repaired, the doctor removes the clamps so that blood can flow through the aorta again. Then the doctor uses stitches or staples to close the incision in the belly.

  4. 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. ...

  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. Chest X-Ray

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

  7. 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 ...

  8. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Cause

    Abdominal and thoracicaortic aneurysms are caused by a number of factors, including:Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Exactly how atherosclerosis leads to abdominal aortic aneurysms is unclear. It is thought that atherosclerosis causes changes in the lining of the artery wall that may affect oxygen and nutrient flow to the aortic wall tissues. The resulting tissue damage and breakdown .

  9. Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)

    A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body.

  10. Angina (Chest Pain)

    WebMD explains angina, or chest pain, including its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

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