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Aortic Aneurysm - Screening and Prevention

AAA  TAA  abdominal aortic aneurysm  thoracic aortic aneurysm 

If you have known risk factors for developing an aortic aneurysm, your doctor may recommend screening. To screen for an aortic aneurysm, your doctor may recommend an imaging study to look at and measure the aorta. An aneurysm can develop and grow without any symptoms until it ruptures or dissects—events that are both life-threatening. If the aneurysm is found early, treatment or surgery may slow its growth and prevent rupture or dissection.

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Vasculitis - Risk Factors

angiitis  arteritis 

Your risk for a specific type of vasculitis may be higher because of your age, your family history and genetics, infections you have, your lifestyle habits, medicines you take, other medical conditions you have, your race or ethnicity, and your sex.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Treatment

consumption coagulopathy 

Treatment for DIC depends on its severity and symptoms. The main goals of treatment for DIC are to control clotting and bleeding and to treat the underlying cause. DIC may go away once the underlying cause is treated.

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Aortic Aneurysm - Types

AAA  TAA  abdominal aortic aneurysm  thoracic aortic aneurysm 

There are two types of aortic aneurysms: thoracic aortic aneurysms and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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Aortic Aneurysm - Causes

AAA  TAA  abdominal aortic aneurysm  thoracic aortic aneurysm 

Aortic aneurysms are caused by a weakening of the aortic wall due to damage or injury. Many health conditions and lifestyle habits can put you at risk for damage to the aortic wall, including high blood pressure and smoking. A bulge may occur where the wall has been damaged and is weakened.

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Sleep Apnea: Diagnosis

sleep  sleep apnea  Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

Your doctor may diagnose sleep apnea based on your medical history, a physical exam, and results from a sleep study. Before diagnosing you with sleep apnea, your doctor will rule out other medical reasons or conditions that may be causing your signs and symptoms.

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Sleep Apnea: Screening and Prevention

sleep  sleep apnea  Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

To screen for sleep apnea, your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms. To prevent sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend healthy lifestyle changes.

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Iron-Deficiency Anemia - Causes

anemia  iron  iron-deficiency anemia  blood loss 

Causes of iron-deficiency anemia include blood loss, consuming too little iron, problems absorbing iron, and certain medical conditions.

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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting - Before Surgery

CABG  heart bypass surgery 

Your doctor may use diagnostic tests or procedures before CABG to determine how serious your ischemic heart disease is and where the coronary arteries are narrowed. If you need CABG, talk to your doctor about how to prepare for the procedure.

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Defibrillators - Living With

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)  Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)  Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator (WCD) 

After sudden cardiac arrest, surgery to implant an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or a fitting for a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD), you will need regular visits with your doctor to check your condition, the device, or any medicines you are taking. You can get an ID card with information about your device to keep with you. It can be helpful in an emergency, to show airport security, or for medical personnel who need to know more about your device. If you have an ICD, be aware of the signs of complications with your device.

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