Frequently Asked Questions for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

How can I find out if I have an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

If you are thin and have a moderately large-sized AAA, you or your doctor may be able to feel it as a "beating heart" deep in the abdomen around your belly button.

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Is AAA “a time-bomb” ready to explode in my belly?

Certainly not. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are slow growing, roughly a couple millimeters per year, provided that you are compliant with your medical therapy and lifestyle changes as well as your scheduled appointmens.

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What is an appropriate level of physical activity?

Regular exercise is highly recommended with no major restrictions.

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Is endovascular aneurysm repair suitable for everybody?

No. Endovascular repair is preferred option for the majority of patients, not though suitable for everybody. Open surgery versus endovascular repair relies upon the aneurysm anatomic characteristics.

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Can the aneurysm come back if I have surgery to fix it?

When a portion of the aorta is replaced surgically, the aneurysm is removed and cannot recur in that location. If there is only one segment of the aorta that is abnormal, once that segment has been replaced, the risk of aortic aneurysms forming elsewhere is rare though not unlikely.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.

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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA

E-mail: info@vascularhealth.gr