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What is aneurysm?

My cousin has heart trouble and his heart doctor just told him he has an aneurysm that must be taken care of right away. He and his wife are packing right now and he s greatly needed at home to help her. I think he ll know more once his cardiologist sees the cat scan he ll have this afternoon. I really want to know what exactly is an aneurysm? Thanks much, Ginny
Mon, 4 Aug 2014
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See, Aneurysm means abnormal out pouching of a cavity or blood vessel due to thinning of the wall. This may occur inside the heart (a condition called Ventricular Aneurysm). But, this usually occrs following a major heart attack.
Considering, your cousins history (and I think he is a young person), he most probably has an aneurysm of the major vessel, Aorta. This again is due to a weakened vascular wall and may occur within the chest (Thoracic Aorta) or abdomen (Abdominal Aorta). This weakening is usually due to a congenital condition, and if your cousin has tall, thin body habitus with large flexible fingers he may have a condition called Marfan's Sndrome.
This condition is very well diagnosed by Contrast CT Scan and needs surgical repair, if sufficiently large.
Sometimes, congenital vascular aneurysms may occur inside brain.
They may also occur in limb vessels after a trauma.
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