Aortic Aneurysm (cont.)
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Aortic Aneurysm Self-Care at Home
Do not try to treat anyone at home or to wait and see if the symptoms will resolve. Severe chest, abdominal, or back pain, especially with symptoms that suggest internal bleeding, requires immediate, expert medical attention and rapid diagnosis.
In an estimated 20% of cases, the first sign or symptom of an unrecognized abdominal aortic aneurysm is rupture that leads to sudden death from massive blood loss.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/17/2014
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) represent a degenerative process of the abdominal aorta that is often attributed to atherosclerosis; however, the exact cause is not known. A familiar clustering of AAAs has been noted in 15-25% of patients undergoing repair of the problem.