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Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches

What is Aneurysm?

Aneurysm occurs when an artery’s wall weakens which will result in a localized enlargement of an artery. When this enlargement or bulge ruptures, it will cause internal bleeding. An aneurysm can occur in any part of your body; however, they are most common in the brain, aorta, legs, and spleen.
Aneurysms often grow slowly and without symptoms, making it hard to detect. In fact, some aneurysms never rupture. Often times, many aneurysms stay small while others can expand over time and sometimes quickly. It can never be predicted, however.
Take for example the abdominal aortic aneurysm. As it enlarges some people may notice:
• A pulsating feeling near the navel
• Deep, constant pain in your abdomen or on the side of your abdomen
• Back pain
There are several factors that can increase your risk of aortic aneurysms.

  • Tobacco use. Smoking can cause damage to the aorta and weakens its walls.
  • Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. This will occur when there is a fat buildup or other substance on the lining of a blood vessel.
  • High blood pressure. Can also cause damage and weakening of the aorta’s walls.
  • Infection in the aorta.
  • Trauma
  • Heredity. Some medical conditions can be hereditary including an aortic aneurysm.

An aortic aneurysm is an enlargement or dilation of the aortic artery from its normal size. There are no usual symptoms except when ruptured. When this happens there may be abdominal, back or leg pain. If no treatment is applied, shock and death can occur.

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If you think you are suffering from an Aneurysm you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Aneurysm as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).