What is an Aortic Aneurysm, and how can it be treated?

The recent rise in death due to aortic aneurysms has raised attention to a problem responsible for more than 10,000 fatalities since 2019.On December 10th, Wahl, a journalist covering the World Cup in Qatar, passed away from what his wife described as the burst of an aortic aneurysm. He was 49.

An aortic aneurysm is characterized by a balloon-like protrusion in the aorta, which is the primary artery that transports blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Additionally, the wall of muscle that surrounds the aorta becomes thinner, which contributes to the formation of the aneurysm. An aneurysm can produce life-threatening internal bleeding if it bursts, also known as a rupture.While some aneurysms may begin and remain tiny without ever rupturing, cardiologists warn that the condition can be devastating if not treated.

 

The death rate is around ninety per cent after it has already ruptured. People have survived, but it's incredibly unusual.Cardiologists agreed that aortic aneurysms might be caused by factors such as high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol, and smoking history. In addition to this, they might be passed on to families.

Even though the symptoms may not be evident initially, medical professionals advise those with chest discomfort or upper back pain to seek urgent medical assistance.A simple ultrasound can detect it, and further imaging may be performed. The aim is preventive and early identification to avoid a burst aneurysm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening using ultrasonography for males who have smoked and are between the ages of 65 and 75.

 

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