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Study Urges Genetic Testing of Relatives of Aortic Disease Patients

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 – Many lives could be saved if relatives of patients with aortic diseases underwent routine screening and genetic testing, a new study suggests. Aneurysms, tears in the lining called dissections and other types of thoracic aortic disease (TAD) are often undetected until they become life-threatening emergencies. At that point, the risk of death is about 80 percent. The aorta ...

Many NFL Players Found to Have Enlarged Aortas

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Former professional football players are at increased risk for an enlarged aorta, which can lead to a life-threatening bulge in the artery, a new study reports. The aorta, the largest artery in the body, carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The short part of the aorta is called the ascending aorta. It rises from the left ventricle – the bottom left ...

'Upside' to Diabetes Really Isn't

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Type 2 diabetes can reduce your chances for a rare but potentially fatal weakness of blood vessels, a new study says. But while this may sound like good news, it's not. Swedish investigators found that type 2 diabetes significantly decreases the long-term risks of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, two conditions that can lead to internal bleeding due to rupture ...

Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography

Posted 16 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The county you call home may have a lot to do with your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, a new U.S. study reveals. Although deaths from cardiovascular disease have been dropping overall for the past 35 years in the United States, there are still pockets across the country where these death rates are unusually high, the researchers said. Poverty and lack of ...

Women Fare Poorly With Aortic Aneurysm: Study

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Women with abdominal aortic aneurysms have far worse outcomes than men, and their treatment needs to be dramatically improved, British researchers report. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when there is weakening and ballooning of the wall of the aorta – the largest artery which carries blood from the heart through the abdomen to the rest of the body. Patients with ...

Abdominal Aneurysm Risk Drops When Smokers Quit

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Smokers have an elevated risk of dangerous aneurysms in the body's largest artery, but quitting can cut those odds, a new study confirms. Experts have long known that smoking raises the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm – a weak spot in the wall of the aorta, where it passes through the abdomen. The aorta is the body's main artery, and if an aneurysm there ruptures, it ...

Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Psoriasis patients may face a higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, though the overall odds of experiencing this potentially deadly blood vessel rupture are small, new research shows. The Danish scientists also found that the more severe the psoriasis – a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by scaly, red patches of skin – the more likely a person will ...

Asthma May Raise Risk for Abdominal Aneurysm

Posted 12 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 – People 50 and older who have had recent asthma activity appear to be at an increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm, a new study suggests. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the body's main artery, the aorta, where it passes through the abdomen. That weak spot can rupture, causing massive bleeding. The researchers also found that people with recent asthma ...

Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging of the aorta, the body's largest blood vessel. The aorta extends from the heart down to the abdomen, supplying blood there and to the rest of the body. Major risk factors for an ...

Less-Invasive Repair of Aortic Aneurysm Better in Short Term: Study

Posted 22 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 – Minimally invasive surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm appears to boost survival in the short term more than traditional surgery does, but that advantage diminishes over time, researchers report. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulging weak spot in the aorta, the large artery that takes blood away from the heart and toward the abdomen, pelvis and legs. If ...

Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Aneurysm

Posted 19 Jun 2015 by

-- An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery bulges, may rupture, and could cause dangerous internal bleeding. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors include: Being male, since men are more likely than women to have an aneurysm. Being age 65 or older. Smoking, which can lead to weakening of the artery walls. Having a family history or personal history of aneurysm. Having ...

Screen Older Men Who've Ever Smoked for Aneurysms: Experts

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – Older men who smoke or have smoked 100 cigarettes or more should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a panel of U.S. health experts recommends. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force noted the new guideline is for men between the ages of 65 and 75 who do not have symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but who may be at risk for having one. An abdominal ...

Screen Older, Male Smokers for Type of Aneurysm, Experts Say

Posted 27 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 27 2014 – A one-time screening for a form of potentially dangerous aneurysm is effective and recommended for men aged 65 to 75 who are current or former smokers. So says a draft recommendation issued Monday by the influential panel of experts known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. At question is a test to spot an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This condition is a bulge or ...

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