When it comes to patients being observed for small aortic aneurysms, a benefit of statin therapy is not clearly proven. But it’s worth a discussion with your doctor.
An aneurysm — a ballooning or bulging out of an artery where the wall is weak — can wreak havoc if it bursts. When aneurysms rupture in the brain, the resulting hemorrhage can cause stroke, coma, brain damage and other problems. Test yourself to see what you know about this dangerous disorder.
If aneurysms run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing one and should be checked. Learn more about risk factors and treatment options.
Needing surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm is a scary diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be. The methods for fixing this type of bulge in the aorta just above the aortic valve are durable and safe, when performed by experienced surgeons. With modern techniques, you’ll be back in your normal routine in no … Read More
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If you have coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, using statins is clearly a benefit to your health. In those cases, statins lower your risk of future cardiac events. However, when it comes to treating aortic aneurysm disease, the benefits of statin use are not clearly proven. Some evidence does support statin use for … Read More
Ongoing trials are testing a novel approach to preventing endoleaks (residual bleeding) that affect up to 20 percent of all patients who undergo endovascular aneurysm repair. A relatively common problem following this type of repair, endoleaks can require repeat procedures. A stent combined with an inflatable endobag could eliminate the need for repeat surgery and … Read More
Be Well eNews brings you expert tips on diet and nutrition, essential health news, medical mythbusters and more. Enjoy our latest issue. Thyroid issues? What you need to know about diet and supplements Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can’t be managed by diet alone. But some foods and supplements can cause trouble. Discover which ones to avoid. … Read More
You might consider having a brain scan if an immediate family member has been diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm. Ongoing clinical studies have established a link for this condition among close relatives. A brain aneurysm is an abnormal bubble in a brain artery that develops where a blood vessel wall becomes weak. “Among first-degree relatives, if one … Read More
Every second counts when it comes to effective stroke treatment. The longer a clot remains lodged in an artery of your brain, the longer your brain tissue starves for much-needed blood flow. That’s why the latest innovations in stroke treatment are focused on speed — getting blood flow to the brain restored as quickly and … Read More
You may not have heard of a disease called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), but it may be more common than you think. New research has found more about how FMD affects a person’s arteries and that women are most at risk. Heather Gornik, MD, who co-authored the study, says, “I definitely think FMD is underdiagnosed and … Read More