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Asthma Linked to AAA Rupture?


An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), is bulging or ballooning of the aortic wall.  This occurs when there is a weakening in the wall of the artery.

According to a new research study, Asthma Associates With Human Abdominal Aortic
Aneurysm and Rupture, there is a possible link between asthma and AAA rupture.  According to the study, the inflammatory process triggered in asthma activates other inflammatory and vascular cells that can lead to aneurysm and rupture.  Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is the proposed culprit in this study.

An article in the Medical News Today (MNT) said,

“Older patients, especially men, with a recent asthma diagnosis should be checked for signs of aortic aneurysm,” said Guo-Ping Shi, D.Sc., study lead author and biochemist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “In addition, patients with a diagnosed aneurysm who later develop asthma should also be monitored for changes in the size and strength of the aorta.”

The article also summarized the findings of the study as the following,

  • Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm and with diagnosed asthma within the past year had more than 50 percent greater risk of ruptured aneurysms than those without asthma.
  • Those diagnosed with asthma within the past 6 months were twice as likely as non-asthmatics to experience aortic aneurysm rupture.
  • Those who had recorded uses of anti-asthmatic medication within the last 6 months also showed nearly 40 percent greater risk for ruptured aortic aneurysms than those without such treatments.
  • In addition, patients who had recently used inhaler medication for asthma had about a 45 percent greater risk of having abdominal aortic aneurysm than other patients without records of anti-asthmatic medication.

These findings suggest the possibility of other links between AAA and other diseases having similar inflammatory processes.  Therefore, more research needs to be done.

To read the full article on MNT, click here Recent asthma may be linked with abdominal aneurysm rupture.

Note: This blog post is intended for information only.  It is not meant to replace a professional medical opinion.  If you are suspecting any medical problems, please seek professional medical attention.  If you are having an emergency, please call 911.

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This entry was posted on February 12, 2016 by in Other Health Information, Vascular Information.
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