An aneurysm is an abnormal widening of a portion of an artery, due to a weakness of the blood vessel wall. A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs in the part of the largest artery in the body (the aorta) that passes through the thorax.
The most common cause is the hardening of the arteries in people with high cholesterol, prolonged hypertension or smokers.
In women, aortic aneurysms expand much faster and tend to break, which becomes a case of life or death. This is because the vessels and the walls of the aorta are smaller and thinner.
An aortic aneurysm is more likely in a man than in a woman but despite this, women are more aggressive.
Estrogen in women is considered to play a protective role against aneurysm formation, while in men, male hormones can be somewhat destructive.
If you are over 65, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, family history or are a smoker, you should definitely talk to your cardiologist.
There are many ways, including catheterization. It all depends on the sex, age, and type of aortic aneurysm of each person.
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