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Symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Adult (32) white female; normal weight; normal BP (last time I was checked); semi-active (swim when I can get to the gym):
How do you know when it's time to see a vascular surgeon over a concern that you may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
My (paternal) grandmother had a cerebral (word choice?) aneurysm in her mid-forties and there is a history of heart disease on that side (my father, my father's father, etc). A (second?; maternal) cousin had an aortic aneurysm (not sure where). I have no pain, just a transient pulsating feeling in my upper abdomen (epigastric-to-umbilical region - moreso epigastric, though) from time to time (e.g., primarily during times of mild stress or after eating).
I have recently had one or two episodes of numbness in my right leg lately but I'm not sure if that has more to do with the fact that I do a lot of sitting (at work, commute to and from work, etc).
I've noticed an increase in 'heart flutters' - for example, sometimes when I wake up in the morning but before I get out of bed. Not sure if that's related. Could be related to caffeine. I've gotten them as far back as I can remember.
When swimming, there are times where I feel like I have heart flutters as well. It makes me uncomfortable enough to take a break. Typically while doing breast stroke (as apposed to freestyle for some reason).
I'm not even sure why I'm so concerned. I guess maybe it is because I had a recent episode of nausea brought on by the feeling that I might pass out. I am NOT pregnant. In fact, I thought it might somehow be related to constipation. Turns out I was not constipated either. It was a peculiar feeling and not the first time I've experienced it. Seemingly, it came out of 'nowhere' - as opposed to something I might have eaten.
I don't know. I figured I'd give this a shot.
Thanks for you time.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
you seem to be concerned because ofaneurysm in your relatives.and that is working on your mind and apprehension may be giving you varied symptoms.Just be relaxed as aneurysms are not hereditical and its a chance that it came to some members of your family.If you cant overcome the fact then seek an appointment with cardio-vascular doctor to allay your fears, you may be screened radiologically if some suspicion is found.
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