What is aortic aneurysm? An anesthetist explains

There are usually no telltale signs to warn you that something is wrong

Aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. Although aorta is a tough, durable workhorse, sometimes its walls can weaken and bulge in what is called an aortic aneurysm. This could cause a leak that spills blood into your body.

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"Kapag mayroong lumobo or nag-dilate kahit saang part dito , it causes aneurysm," anesthetist Dr. Paola Cabrera said in a TikTok video. "At dito sa case natin kay Christine Dacera, dito siya nangyari sa thoracic aorta. Iba pa ito sa cerebral aneurysms or pag-dilate ng mga ugat sa brain."

Cabrera said genes can play a role in your chances of having it. "Isa na dito yung hereditary or napapasa within the family," she said. "You might not know you have an aortic aneurysm because symptoms often don’t show up until the aneurysm becomes large, or bursts."

Cabrera said she handled cases like this during her residency and most of them are already in critical states. "Mataas ang mortality rate nito kapag di kaagad naisugod sa hospital for surgery," she said.

The risk of an aneurysm developing and rupturing varies between individuals, but high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for the development of an aneurysm.

"Kapag mataas na yung pressure doon sa area at weak na ang surrounding structure, pwede siyang mag-rupture," she said. "Maraming factors bakit nag-i-increase ang blood pressure, kabilang na dito ang emotional stress, strenuous activities, medications, and even party drugs."