Aneurysms are weak areas of blood vessels that can manifest in a number of different areas of the body, such as the brain, neck, kidney, aorta, spleen, intestines, and other blood vessels.
There are a number of warning signs you can keep an eye out for that depend on the potential aneurysm’s location. An aneurysm in the brain could lead to nausea and vomiting, a sudden, severe headache, visual disturbance, and sometimes even a loss of consciousness. Common iliac aneurysms can lead to lower abdominal, back, or groin pain. Femoral aneurysms could cause a pulsing of the artery found in the groin, pain in the leg, or sores in the feet or lower legs. Abdominal aortic aneurysms may cause a persistent pain in the chest, abdomen, lower back, or groin. Popliteal artery aneurysms can cause back, lower abdominal, or groin pain.
But what about risk factors? What are things we can do to lower our chances of experiencing an aneurysm, which can sometimes be fatal?
Cedars-Sinai separates aneurysm risk factors into those that can and cannot be controlled:
Risk factors that you can control include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Risk factors that are out of your control are:
- Being male
- Being of older age
- Genetic factors
- Family history of aneurysms
It seems that a general rule of thumb you can follow to best minimize your chances of experiencing an aneurysm is to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Should your physician identify an aneurysm somewhere in your body, they may suggest you undergo an endovascular embolization for it. Also known as endovascular coiling, this is a minimally invasive procedure that treats an aneurysm by blocking the flow of blood into it. In general, they are performed on brain aneurysms that are at risk of rupturing.
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