There is no machine on this planet that a human being cannot decipher. However, when it comes to a human body itself, even the finest doctors take a minute or two. This is because there are various abnormalities that can arise in a human body that might take multiple diagnoses to detect. And, one such disorder in a human circulation system can be Aortic Aneurysm.
Here, we are going to take you through some essentials about Aneurysm and how to diagnose it.
Aorta is a major blood vessel (artery) in the human circulation system which starts from the top-left ventricle of the heart. It then segregates into several branches that are responsible for pumping blood into various body parts.
Aortic Aneurysm is essentially when a bulge forms in the aorta. It can be a tubular (fusiform) deformation or a saccular, round bulge. Such a bulge can occur anywhere along the path of Aorta. Therefore, this condition is classified into two types:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
When the bulge occurs along the path of Aorta which is passing through the abdomen, it is an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
When the bulge forms along the path of Aorta when it is passing through the chest cavity, the Aneurysms are categorized as a Thoracic.
There have been cases where patients have had abdominal as well as a thoracic aortic aneurysm. They are severe conditions and can even lead to aortic dissection.
An Aortic Dissection is a severe condition in which a tear develops in one or more layers of the aortic wall. This can then cause the walls to separate, ultimately, weakening it. Once the walls of Aorta are weak, the Aneurysm can even burst or rupture, causing severe damage in the body.
The leaking or rupture in brain Aneurysm can cause a lack of blood supply to various tissues, contamination of blood that reaches the organs, and more. Such a condition can be as life-threatening as it sounds and required immediate medical attention.
Thankfully, most Aneurysms do not rupture. However, they can cause severe medical conditions such as heart attacks, kidney, failures, and even death.
Various tests can be done on the patient to figure out the severity of the Aneurysm and the healthcare professional can aid the patient accordingly. The earlier this condition is cured, the better it is for the well-being of the patient.
Symptoms of Aortic Aneurysm
Aneurysms are a more complex condition than we can understand through just symptoms because most symptoms do not even show up until the Aneurysm is large enough or shows. Yes, some bulges in the Aorta take several years to enlarge and you might only see the symptoms when it is large enough or, worse, bursts.
- Unusual chest pain or sensation.
- Severe chest pain is often described by people experiencing an enlarged Aneurysm. Plus, they report a tearing sensation in their chest when it is about to burst.
- Unusually increased sweating
- Rapid heart-rate and breathing
- Frequent dizziness
Apart from these, unceasing coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty in swallowing can be the reasons too.
Aneurysms are more prevalent between the age of 35-60 years in the country, and as many as 6 to 16 people in a 100,000 are likely to be suffering from them. Therefore, it is important to spread awareness regarding the disorder, its causes, and symptoms so that people can seek medical help before it is too late.
How is Aortic Aneurysm diagnosed?
Cardiac rhythm’s holter monitor traces the heart’s electrical activities and notifies whether the heart is going through any abnormal circumstances. In case a person is struggling with the symptoms of Aneurysm, they are advised to wear Cardiac Telemetry Monitor.
Holter monitor provides access to comprehensive actionable clinical reports 24/7 from anywhere through our secure cloud portal and makes informed treatment decisions. This reduces the medical paper recordings in the hospital & can fetch the data whenever it is in need. Continuous monitoring of the patient’s activity & stress levels correlated with heart events will be useful to track the patient’s overall heart health. Cardiac rhythm’s holter monitor helps you to track the heart by noticing each & every rhythm of the heart.
Mobile Cardiac Telemetry is a straightforward gadget, it is useful for the baseline test that helps cardiologists to identify several cardiac abnormalities within a short time. It is also instrumental in determining possible heart damage as a result of a recent heart attack.
This can be used to measure the heart’s activity for a prolonged time of 24 hours to 7 days. This continuous observation of the heart can trigger in case of any abnormal scenarios.
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