6 Warning Symptoms Of A Time Bomb In Your Heart: Cardiac Aneurysm

Date July 4, 2018

Have you ever heard of the term “aneurysm”? If so, you know exactly what it is and how dangerous it can be. An aneurysm is often called a time bomb, or silent killer, because the person can live with it for years and suddenly die, experiencing almost no early symptoms and being unaware of having this life-threatening condition.

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What is a cardiac aneurysm?

Aneurysms can occur in any artery anywhere in the body. Today, we’re specifically talking about a cardiac aneurysm (a ventricular aneurysm), which is a section of the defective, thin, or weakened heart wall, which bulges outwards and creates a sack filled with the blood.

Typically, this condition develops as a complication of a recent heart attack and often affects the left ventricle. However, sometimes, it can occur due to heart defects present from the person’s birth. Aneurysms can reduce the flow of the oxygenated blood in the body and lead to heart failure and death. Another common thing that can happen is that an aneurysm can rupture and cause internal bleeding, which can also lead to death.

What are the symptoms of a ventricular aneurysm?

Smaller aneurysms usually do not cause any apparent symptoms. Therefore, it is almost impossible to recognize them early on. The possible early symptoms may include the following:

  • rapid heartbeat for no reason;
  • chest pain (angina).

The patient might experience the symptoms of heart failure due to a ventricular aneurysm, which include:

  • shortness of breath that can occur even when lying flat;
  • weakness and fatigue;
  • swelling in the ankles, legs, feet, or abdomen due to fluid retention;
  • heart palpitations.

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What are the risk factors?

Ventricular aneurysms often occur due to the weakening of the heart wall either from a recent heart attack or genetic disorder. Studies show that the possible risk factors that contribute to the development of aneurysm include:

  1. Most people develop ventricular aneurysms after the age of 65.
  2. Men are more predisposed to developing ventricular aneurysms than women.
  3. Hereditary factor: You are at a higher risk if one of your family members had heart disease or heart attacks.
  4. A genetic disorder called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes the cells of the heart muscle to enlarge and the ventricle walls to thicken, which can contribute to the aneurysm development.

How to prevent cardiac aneurysms?

There are some factors you can control to prevent the occurrence of ventricular aneurysms. The most effective thing you can do is to limit your sugar, salt, and unhealthy fat intake. It is also recommended to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. In addition, avoid alcohol consumption and quit smoking.

Remember, if you are at risk of developing heart aneurysms, get regular screenings! Typically, ventricular aneurysms are not prone to ruptures. Therefore, they can be effectively treated even with simple lifestyle changes. However, it is best to discuss the treatment with your GP.

                                                                                                       Source: Medscape, MedecineNet, BaptistHealth

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