Aneurysm Specialist
A heart aneurysm may occur after a patient suffers a heart attack or other heart-related issues. Heart aneurysms must be diagnosed and treated promptly if the patient is to maintain good health. Cardiologist Dr. Rany Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City offers patients the personalized help they need for this and other heart-related issues.

Aneurysm Q & A

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What is an aortic aneurysm?

An aortic aneurysm is a major bulge in the aorta. If an aortic aneurysm is large enough, it can rupture. When an aortic aneurysm bursts, major bleeding starts. This can result in death if treatment isn't pursued immediately.

Why do aortic aneurysms occur?

An aortic aneurysm is most often caused by atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries. Other causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Some infections
  • Trauma

The natural aging process can also contribute to the development of aortic aneurysms. Some congenital conditions that can cause aortic aneurysms include:

  • Turner’s syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Bicuspid aortic disease

What are the signs of an aortic aneurysm?

Aortic aneurysm symptoms are different from one area of your body to the next. An aortic aneurysm can happen anywhere from your chest to your abdominal area. If the aortic aneurysm is in your chest, you may have no obvious symptoms early on. If the aneurysm in your chest starts to grow, it will start to stress your chest organs, including your heart, which can lead to:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in the upper-back area
  • Difficulty breathing

What happens if an aortic aneurysm in the chest bursts?

If an aortic aneurysm in your chest bursts, you will experience sudden and severe pain, as well as a rapid decrease in blood pressure. This can cause you to go into shock fairly quickly, so getting to the hospital immediately is critical. It's important for patients who have any of the risk factors for aortic aneurysm to have regular appointments with Dr. Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors. By having regular check-ups, aortic aneurysms can be treated and managed well before they grow out of control and burst.

How are aortic aneurysms treated?

Treatment for aortic aneurysms can include both medication and surgery. The goals are to:

  • Prevent aneurysms from expanding further
  • Prevent damage to the heart or other organs
  • Preserve the patient's quality of life

Patients will need to have their aneurysm tested by Dr. Saleh on a regular basis to ensure it's not expanding. Surgery is generally only needed if the aneurysm is at risk for rupture.

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