Abdominal Aorta Scan in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville
A Noninvasive Diagnostic for Aortic Aneurysms
Aneurysms are bulges in arteries, the blood vessels that deliver blood from your heart to the rest of your body. If undetected, an aneurysm, which occurs when blood pushes against a weakened or injured artery wall, can burst and cause death. The most common type of an aneurysm affects the aorta, the artery that runs through the chest and abdomen.
Because aortic aneurysms are often symptom-free, effective abdominal aorta scans are key to early detection and successful intervention. At Brookhaven Heart, our cardiologists use a noninvasive abdominal aorta ultrasound to find and treat aneurysms before serious problems occur.
Understanding Aortic Aneurysms
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is most commonly caused when plaque buildup in the aorta prevents blood from flowing freely and efficiently from the heart to the abdomen and legs. Blood stagnates in the vessel and forces the aortic wall to bulge under pressure.
Detection Aids Treatment
Diagnostic tests are crucial for finding and addressing aortic aneurysms. An ultrasonic abdominal aorta scan can show the location and size of an aneurysm with an accuracy rate as high as 98 percent. While aortic aneurysms rarely cause obvious outward symptoms, ultrasonic scans provide a highly reliable way to identify bulges and prevent fatal ruptures.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Symptoms and Causes
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged portion of the lower part of the aorta, a primary blood vessel supplying the entire body. Due to the aorta being the leading supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm may cause life-threatening internal bleeding. You’ll require immediate treatment.
Some symptoms to watch for include:
- A pulsating feeling by the navel
- Deep, constant pain in the abdomen or side of the abdomen
- Back pain
- Tobacco usage – Cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use increase the risk of an aneurysm.
- High blood pressure – High blood pressure has been found to increase the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm by weakening the aorta’s walls.
- Infection – A bacterial or fungal infection, while rare, may cause aortic aneurysms.
- Trauma – Trauma, including car accidents or slips and falls, may cause aneurysms.
- Heredity – In rare cases, abdominal aortic aneurysms may be hereditary – passed down from parents.
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Patchogue: (631) 654-3278
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