Any time you experience
chest pain just not right" in your chest, consult a medical professional.
If you notice a strong pulse sensation, or a pulsating bulge in your
abdomen, you should see your health care provider right away.
If the pain is new, severe, frightening, or feels to be tearing or ripping, go
immediately to a hospital emergency department. Do not wait it out; immediate
treatment can be life saving for aneurysm/dissection as well as in other
conditions that cause
If an aortic aneurysm ruptures, internal bleeding occurs. This is a medical
emergency, because a person can bleed to death in a few minutes.
Severe back, flank, or Abdominal
pain may be the only symptom of an enlarging aorta. Many other
conditions can cause these symptoms, but an aortic aneurysm is the most serious
of these conditions.
Do not try to treat yourself at home or wait it out. Severe chest,
abdominal, or back
pain, especially with symptoms that suggest internal bleeding,
requires immediate, expert medical attention and rapid diagnosis.
In an estimated 20% of cases, the first sign or symptom of an unrecognized
abdominal aortic aneurysm is rupture that leads to sudden death from massive
No medicine can prevent an aortic aneurysm. However, measures can be taken that
will help keep your blood vessels healthy and strong.
If you are found to have an aortic aneurysm less than 5 cm in size, it should be
watched carefully by your primary care provider. Regular ultrasound examinations
will detect any growth or other changes in the aneurysm.
Some experts recommend screening for all individuals older than 55 years.
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