Aneurysm of the Aorta & Social Security Benefits
What is an Aneurysm of the Aorta or Major Branches?
The aorta is the body’s biggest artery. It collects oxygen-rich blood from the heart and distributes it throughout the body via branching smaller arteries. Aneurysms can arise in any of the aorta’s major branches. These aneurysms are significantly less prevalent than abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysms.
When a segment of the aorta, the body’s major artery, becomes swollen, it is called an aortic aneurysm. The aorta is responsible for transporting blood and nutrients (fuel) from the heart (the body’s engine) to the rest of the body.
Due to the aneurysm’s ability to stretch and weaken like a balloon, it has the potential to explode. When the aorta ruptures, it can result in severe internal bleeding, which can be fatal.
The aorta resembles a cane. The ascending aorta is the first segment. The arch is the second section. The descending aorta is the third segment. Aneurysms can occur at any point along the aorta.
When one develops in the abdomen, the most common place, it is referred to as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. When an aneurysm develops in the upper body, it is referred to as a thoracic aortic aneurysm.
Aneurysm of the Aorta Symptoms
Aortic branch aneurysms present various symptoms that vary according to the organ deprived of blood. Infected or inflammatory aneurysms, regardless of location, may produce discomfort in the area surrounding the damaged artery and infection-related symptoms such as fever, weight loss, and an overall sensation of illness. Additionally, rupture of any form of an aneurysm can result in significant blood loss, discomfort at the site, low blood pressure, and even death.
Subclavian aneurysms can result in shoulder or arm pain, a pulsating sensation, blood clots or enlargement in neighboring veins (due to the veins being compressed), transient ischemic episodes, stroke, or hoarseness or decreased nerve function (due to compression of the recurrent laryngeal nerve or brachial plexus).
Most aneurysms in the abdominal aortic branches are asymptomatic until they rupture. Abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting are uncommon in persons with splenic artery aneurysms. Individuals with hepatic artery aneurysms may have abdominal pain or skin yellowing (jaundice) if the aneurysm compresses the tubes that carry bile from the gallbladder to the intestine (the biliary tract). Stomach discomfort and bloody diarrhea (ischemic colitis) are symptoms of superior mesenteric artery aneurysms. At the same time, high blood pressure, abdominal or flank pain, or blood in the urine are symptoms of renal artery aneurysms.
Aneurysm of the Aorta Social Security Benefits
If you meet all the requirements listed in the bluebook provided on the Social Security Administration website, then you shouldn’t have any problems qualifying for benefits due to an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches.
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