A localized widening or bulging of the abdominal aorta which is a major blood carrying vessel. A rupture of the weakened bulge is considered very serious because of the large volume of blood carried by this vessel.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Home medical testing related to Abdominal aortic aneurysm:
Survival rate statistics for Abdominal aortic aneurysm: The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Abdominal aortic aneurysm:
* 61% is the 5 year survival rate for patients who undergo surgical repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms in the US (American Family Physician, Vol 56, 1997)
* Initial treatment is to stabilize and resuscitate the patient as needed –Attention to airway, breathing, and circulation –Immediate repair of ruptured abdominal aneurysm
# Treat the underlying etiology # Vascular surgical consultation may be necessary for severely stenotic and/or symptomatic vessels # Nephrology consult may be needed for renal insufficiency or to help with appropriate medication choices # Treat hypertension if present –Always avoid ACE inhibitors in patients with bilateral renal artery stenosis