Heart Disease Community
Aortic Aneurysm?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Aortic Aneurysm?

Hi. I have been experiencing PVC's, a dull pain in my left chest, and random dissociative experiences for about 3 weeks now. This comes after a particularly bad couple months where I would have a tachy heartbeat (130 bpm) for approx. 15 minutes at a time and felt faint. I have had 5 ECG's done, an MRI searching for a pulmonary embolism, 2 chest x-rays, blood test for thyroid problems, and a stress test, and all came back negative. Would any of these tests reveal an aortic aneurysm? They weren't looking for one, and the dull persistent chest pain has been bothering me. I am deploying overseas soon, and while they have blessed me off to go, I have a physically and mentally taxing job over there so it would suck if my heart exploded because my army doctor was behind schedule that day. Thanks.
Related Discussions
8 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
1175891_tn?1265731613
To clarify, 5 electrocardiograms, no echocardiograms yet. I also forgot to mention a 24-hour event monitor that came back negative.
Blank
367994_tn?1304957193
. If an aortic aneurysm is suspected, your physician may order the following tests:

•Chest x-ray
•Computed tomography (CT) scan
•Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
•Echocardiography (an ultrasound of the heart)
•Abdominal ultrasound (to look for associated abdominal aneurysms)
•Angiography (an x-ray of the blood vessels)
Blank
1175891_tn?1265731613
If the chest x-ray and MRI were ordered specifically to rule out a pulmonary embolism, would an aortic aneurysm be spotted? Based on your profile it seems that you have quite a bit of experience with these procedures. In the military a referral is needed from a PA to have these tests done, and they are reticent to refer a single patient for the same procedure twice because it would essentially mean they made a mistake... it took me 2 years to have them acknowledge a hernia for this exact reason.
Blank
367994_tn?1304957193
I had a scan and that included the lungs, heart and aorta and that would be called  thoracic imaging. For a perspective the aorta is first called the thoracic aorta as it leaves the heart, ascends, arches, and descends through the chest until it reaches the diaphragm (the partition between the thorax and abdomen). The aorta is then called the abdominal aorta after it has passed the diaphragm and continues down the abdomen. The abdominal aorta ends where it splits to form the two iliac arteries that go to the legs.

Aortic aneurysms can develop anywhere along the length of the aorta. The majority, however, are located along the abdominal aorta. Most (about 90%) of abdominal aneurysms are located below the level of the renal arteries, the vessels that leave the aorta to go to the kidneys. About two-thirds of abdominal aneurysms are not limited to just the aorta but extend from the aorta into one or both of the iliac arteries.

If the images were limited to the lungs looking for chest pain causing clots, the aorta may not have been included.  You should ask for a copy of the test results.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
6 hrs ago
10359420_tn?1409597686
Blank
michigankat1965 joined this community
Welcome them!
11 hrs ago
10359420_tn?1409597686
Blank
michigankat1965 uploaded a new photo
11 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL