Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have signs of a ruptured
aortic aneurysm such as:
Sudden, severe pain.
drop in blood pressure.
shock, such as passing out or feeling very dizzy, weak, or less alert.
If you witness a person become unconscious, call
911 or other emergency services and start
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The emergency operator can coach you on
how to do CPR. For more information about CPR, see the Rescue Breathing
and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation section of the topic
Dealing With Emergencies.
Atherosclerosis is the process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup in the inner lining of arteries. It's the key cause of heart attacks and strokes and the No. 1 killer in the U.S.
When it comes to developing health risks from atherosclerosis, some people are at higher risk than others. But because atherosclerosis is silent until it's advanced, estimating one's health risk takes some educated guesswork.
How can you determine your risk? The risk factors are easy...
Sudden weakness in the lower extremities on one side of
Chest pain you have not experienced before.
A "cold foot" or a black or blue painful toe for no apparent reason.
Call for a doctor appointment if you have:
Pain in the chest, abdomen, or lower back,
possibly spreading to the groin, buttocks, or legs. The pain may be deep,
aching, gnawing, and/or throbbing, and may last for hours or days. It is
typically not affected by movement, although certain positions may be more
comfortable than others.
Fever or weight loss for no apparent
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate
symptoms that may be related to an aortic aneurysm and order the tests needed
for further evaluation of symptoms include: