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Aortic Aneurysm - When to Call a Doctor

Call 911 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, 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.

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Call a doctor immediately if you have:

  • A pulsating mass in your abdomen.
  • Sudden weakness in the lower extremities on one side of the body.
  • 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:

  • Fever or weight loss for no apparent reason.

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:

If you have a fast-growing aortic aneurysm, you may be referred to a vascular surgeon, who can evaluate your need for surgery.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: January 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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