Aneurysm Dallas TX
An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery, an inflated balloon of blood. Aneurysms can occur in many parts of the body. They usually develop where pressure is strongest, that is, in areas where blood vessels divide and branch off. An aneurysm is extremely dangerous since it may result in rupture and subsequent hemorrhage or in the development of a serious clot.
Causes of an Aneurysm
There is no clearly recognized cause for the development of an aneurysm. Some aneurysms are congenital, already present at birth. Others may result from a slight defect in part of an arterial wall. Though there is no known cause of aneurysms, there are risk factors which make it more likely that a particular individual may develop one. These risk factors may include:
- Poor elasticity of arterial walls
- Plaque buildup on arterial walls
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Infections of the blood
Types of Aneurysm
Aneurysms can occur in many different parts of the body. They are usually categorized according to the types which occur most frequently:
Aortic aneurysms - These aneurysms occur along the aorta, the major artery leaving the heart.
Cerebral aneurysms - These aneurysms occur in arteries supplying the brain.
Peripheral aneurysms - These aneurysms form in blood vessels in other parts of the body, including the leg, groin, neck or abdominal area.
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