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What are health risks does an aneurysm pose?

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Small aneurysms generally pose no threat. But aneurysms increase a person's risk for:

  • Atherosclerotic plaque formation at the site of the aneurysm
  • The potential for a clot to form at the site and then dislodge
  • Increase in the aneurysm size, causing it to press on nerves or other organs, causing pain
  • Aneurysm rupture. (Because the artery wall thins at this spot, it is fragile and may burst under stress. A sudden rupture of an aortic aneurysm may be life threatening.)

From: Vascular Disease and Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Vascular Disease Overview."

Vascular Disease Foundation.

MedlinePlus: "Vascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Vascular Disease Overview."

Vascular Disease Foundation.

MedlinePlus: "Vascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2017

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