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Many NFL Players Found to Have Enlarged Aortas

Posted 17 days ago 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 chamber of the heart – and supplies the coronary arteries with blood. Enlargement of the ascending aorta, called dilation, can increase the chances of a bulge. The bulge is known as an aneurysm. An ascending aorta that is more than 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) in diameter is considered to be dilated. The study included 206 former National Football League players and a control group of 759 other men older than 40. Compared with the control group, the former pro football players had significantly ... Read more

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'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 of blood vessels. But the mechanism that reduces risk for these rare conditions also increases your risk of developing hardened arteries, a much more serious health problem that can lead to heart attack and stroke. "We have to make sure people don't think, 'Oh, good, I have diabetes type 2, this is good news – because it's not," said Dr. Derek Brinster, director of aortic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "You are at high risk if you have diabetes type 2 for dying earlier than you ... Read more

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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 access to quality care may doom many Americans to early deaths, the study authors suggested. "In some counties, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is extremely low, while in other counties the risk continues to be very high," said lead researcher Dr. Gregory Roth. He is an assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Washington. In Pitkin County in Colorado, for example, about 35 people out of 100,000 died from heart disease in 2014 – the lowest death rate in the United ... Read more

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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 the condition are at risk for a potentially life-threatening rupture. The researchers reviewed international studies conducted since 2000 and found that women with abdominal aorta aneurysm fare worse than men at every stage of treatment. Women are less likely to be offered surgery to repair the problem, including keyhole surgery, which is linked with better outcomes. The keyhole technique, considered to be minimally invasive, involves inserting a tube-like graft through the leg artery to repair ... Read more

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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 can cause massive internal bleeding. Researchers said the new study, because of its large size, gives a clearer picture of the risks. The investigators found that middle-aged smokers had a roughly one in nine chance of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm in their lifetime. But if they quit during the study period, that risk declined by 29 percent, versus people who kept smoking. And longer-term quitters – people who'd stopped smoking before the study – had an even lower risk, the findings ... Read more

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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 develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm. They believe the two conditions share overlapping inflammatory processes in the body. "The association between [abdominal aortic aneurysm] and psoriasis has not been examined before, but we are not surprised by seeing a heightened risk in our study," said lead researcher Dr. Usman Khalid, a fellow in the department of cardiology at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark. "Our results add to the evidence that there is an increased risk of various ... Read more

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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 activity were more likely to have an aneurysm rupture compared to those without recent asthma activity. "People with abdominal aortic aneurysm who were diagnosed with asthma within the past year had more than a 50 percent greater risk of ruptured aneurysms than those without asthma," said lead researcher Guo-Ping Shi, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Men diagnosed with asthma within the preceding six months were twice as likely to have an aortic aneurysm rupture, Shi said, adding ... Read more

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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 aortic aneurysm include smoking, high blood pressure, older age and being male. Currently, men aged 65 and older are screened in the United States and Europe, but the study authors said that a growing number of deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms occur among people aged 75 and older, and that the number is likely to shift to those over 85 in coming decades. They also noted that most of the ruptured aortic aneurysms among people between the ages of 65 and 75 occur in male smokers. Screening ... Read more

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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 not fixed, it can burst unexpectedly and cause substantial bleeding that can be fatal. When detected before bursting, doctors can repair the weak spot with traditional surgery ("open repair") or by inserting a device through a small opening to apply a patch on the aorta – called an endovascular repair. About 5 percent of men and 1.5 percent of women over 60 may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, especially those who smoke or have a family history of aneurysm, said study author Dr. Marc ... Read more

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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 high blood pressure, heart disease or another disease that can weaken artery walls. Read more

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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 aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the main blood vessel taking blood from the heart, which can be fatal when, without warning, it bursts. "We know there are two big risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm: smoking or having ever smoked, and being a man," said task force co-chair Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo. Screening involves an ultrasound, a noninvasive procedure that allows doctors to see if there is an aneurysm. If one is found, it can usually be surgically repaired. For men who are smokers or ... Read more

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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 ballooning in part of the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. According to background information supplied by the expert panel, the aorta travels through the abdomen, and bulging in the vessel often causes no outward symptoms. These aortic anomalies, however, can sometimes burst – with often fatal results. "Older male smokers are at the highest risk [of developing the aneurysms]," task force co-vice chairman Dr. Albert Siu said in a panel news release. ... Read more

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Fruit-Rich Diet Might Lower Aneurysm Risk

Posted 19 Aug 2013 by

MONDAY, Aug. 19 – Eating lots of fruit might decrease your risk of developing a dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to a large, long-running study. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the part of the aorta – the largest artery in the body – that runs through the abdomen. If an aneurysm ruptures, there is a high risk of death from bleeding. Ultrasound screening can detect the condition. In this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 people, aged 46 to 84, in Sweden who were followed for 13 years. During that time, nearly 1,100 of them had abdominal aortic aneurysms, including 222 whose aneurysms ruptured. People who ate more than two servings of fruit a day (not counting juice) had a 25 percent lower risk of the condition and a 43 percent lower risk of rupture than those who ate less than one serving of fruit a day. People who ate two ... Read more

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Smaller Aortic Aneurysms May Require Less Frequent Monitoring

Posted 26 Feb 2013 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 – Ultrasound scans for patients with small abdominal aortic aneurysms may not be required as often as is currently assumed, a new study suggests. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the section of the aorta – the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body – that runs through the abdomen. "The risk of rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms increases as the diameter of the aneurysm increases," said one expert not connected to the study, Dr. Mark Adelman. "If aneurysm ruptures, there is an 80 percent chance that the patient will not survive," said Adelman, who is a vascular surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center and associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City. "It is imperative to identify these aneurysms and repair them before they are at high risk for rupture." Typically, surgery is performed to reduce ... Read more

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Survival Equal in 2 Types of Abdominal Aneurysm Repair: Study

Posted 21 Dec 2012 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 – Long-term survival rates are similar for patients who undergo less-invasive or open surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a new study finds. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the part of the aorta – the largest artery in the body – that runs through the abdomen. If an aneurysm ruptures, there is a high risk of death from bleeding. If a person has an aneurysm larger than two inches, doctors often try to repair it. There are two types of surgery to repair an aneurysm. In open surgery, a large incision is made in the belly and the surgeon replaces the area of the aneurysm with a graft. In a less invasive procedure called endovascular repair, a graft is put in place through a tube or stent that's inserted through a small incision near the groin. In this study, Johns Hopkins researchers looked at 881 patients aged 49 and older (average age ... Read more

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