Abdominal aortic aneurysm - Us older men need to pay this attention.

How do you know if you have an aneurysm in your stomach?

If you have an enlarging abdominal aortic aneurysm, you might notice: Deep, constant pain in your abdomen or on the side of your abdomen. Back pain. A pulse near your bellybutton

Watch a YOUTUBE vidoe on this - HERE


I recenty went for a test and it was easy;- took about 10 minutes, was non invasive and everything was fine. BUT - a friend died some years ago, almost instantly, when his burst while out and about and by the time the ambulance arrived, he was dead.


An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the main blood vessel running from your heart to your tummy. It can be dangerous if it's not spotted early.


There are usually no early symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening test can spot an aneurysm if you're at risk of them.


Treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually only needed if there's a risk it could burst. Large aneurysms can be treated with surgery.


Things that increase your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm include being a man over 65, smoking and having high blood pressure.


You can reduce your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with a healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthily, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking.


The most common cause of aortic aneurysms is "hardening of the arteries" called arteriosclerosis. A majority of aortic aneurysms are caused by arteriosclerosis.




There are usually no early symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening test can spot an aneurysm if you're at risk of them.


AAAs do not usually cause any obvious symptoms, and are often only picked up during screening or tests carried out for another reason.


Some people with an AAA have:

a pulsing sensation in the tummy (like a heartbeat) tummy pain that does not go away lower back pain that does not go away



If an AAA bursts, it can cause: sudden, severe pain in the tummy or lower back

dizziness

sweaty, pale and clammy skin

a fast heartbeat

shortness of breath

fainting or passing out



Call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone else develops symptoms of a burst AAA.


Treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually only needed if there's a risk it could burst. Large aneurysms can be treated with surgery.


The recommended treatment for an AAA depends on how big it is.

Treatment is not always needed straight away if the risk of an AAA bursting is low.


Treatment for a:


Small AAA (3cm to 4.4cm across) – ultrasound scans are recommended every year to check if it's getting bigger; you'll be advised about healthy lifestyle changes to help stop it growing


Medium AAA (4.5cm to 5.4cm) – ultrasound scans are recommended every 3 months to check if it's getting bigger; you'll also be advised about healthy lifestyle changes


Large AAA (5.5cm or more) – surgery to stop it getting bigger or bursting is usually recommended

Ask your doctor if you're not sure what size your AAA is. Any worries, call 999 immediately if you feel at risk.


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Top ten symptoms of an Abdominal aortic aneurysm

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Hi John,


Thank you for your blog it made me chuckle.


If you can would you use your blog to remind all men of a certain age (50+) that they should get their prostate checked by their doctor. It is a simple 5ml blood sample with possible DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) which I know may be unpleasant but is well worth the trouble and only takes 5 mins. Prostatic cancel is the biggest killer of men over 50 but if detected early can be treated. I am speaking from personal experience do not brush early signs as an age thing and leave it until it is too late.


Please, Please, Please get it checked.


Kind regards


Chris

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