What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta – the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the chest.
They are usually caused by high blood pressure or sudden injury, or a history of high cholesterol or smoking.
Symptoms of an aor
tic aneurysm include:
Sudden sharp pain the back or chest
Shortness of breath
Trouble breathing or swallowing
Grant Wahl, the
American soccer reporter
who collapsed and died while covering the World Cup in Qatar last week...
...died of an aortic aneurysm that ruptured, his
wife, Dr. Celine Gounder
, said Wednesday.
Gounder said he died from a “slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium.
The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms.
No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him. His death was unrelated to COVID.
His death was unrelated to vaccination status. There was nothing nefarious about his death,” Gounder wrote.
says aortic aneurysms or dissections caused about 10,000 deaths in 2019. About 59% of those deaths were among men.