Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Lim offers Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) service in her cardiology clinic at Singapore which is the swelling of the main blood vessel (aorta) that transverses from the heart, down to your stomach and spreads through the rest of the body.
A ruptured AAA can cause blood loss, shock, and death. The abdominal aorta usually measures around 2cm wide, which makes it the largest blood vessel in the body. Once it swells to over 5.5cm, then an interventional cardiologist can classify it as a large AAA. Monitoring is important for preventing a rupture.
If the aorta wall is weakened, bulging will definitely occur, albeit without a clear finding on what causes it to weaken. Although it is rare, a large aneurysm could be fatal as it can cause blood loss, shock and even death if left untreated: this will result in internal bleeding when it ruptures.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening is simple, non-intrusive, painless and safe. All you have to do is to lie down on your back and keep your stomach relaxed. This procedure may last up to 10 minutes.
You will undergo a simple ultrasound scan (sonogram) that will check the measurement of your blood vessel (aorta). If there are any signs of weakening, your heart specialist may offer you monitoring or treatment.
What is the treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Stenting or Surgery?
While both are used to prevent abdominal aorta aneurysm from rupturing, endovascular stent grafting is more preferred as it does not require to have open-chest or open-abdominal surgery. What happens is that a delivery catheter: a long, very thin, soft, plastic tube, which contains the compressed stent-graft is inserted into an artery without removing any tissue from the aorta. It is much safer as it helps protect the aneurysm from tearing. The recovery for heart stent is faster than open surgery as this is less invasive.
Preventing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
One of the best approaches to prevent AAA is by choosing a healthy lifestyle. This includes but not limited to:
- smoking cessation
- regular exercise
- refraining from high-fat diet
- monitoring your blood pressure or cholesterol level
These simple acts will reduce the risk of getting an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or having it rupture. Your goal is to avoid anything that will impair your blood vessel.
If you show signs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) or believe that you are suffering from it, contact Heart Specialist Dr. Lim Ing Haan Cardiology Clinic immediately today for an accurate diagnosis.
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