An AAA and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Our word aneurysm comes from the Greek aneurysma. The meaning of this Greek word is, a widening. An aneurysm is a blood vessel that becomes abnormally large or balloons outward. When an aneurysm occurs, your blood vessel bulges out like a weak spot on an old worn tire. This bulge can rupture (burst) and result in death at any time. You have a greater risk of your aneurysm rupturing, the larger your aneurysm is.
An aortic aneurysm is an aneurysm that takes place on your aorta. The aorta is your main large artery that carries blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Your aorta bulges at the site of the aneurysm.
An aortic aneurysm can develop anywhere along the length of your aorta. However, most of the time, an aortic aneurysm develops on your abdominal aorta.
Your abdominal aorta is the final section of your aorta. It begins at your diaphragm and extends to the point where it comes to an end. Your abdominal aorta ends by splitting in two to form your common iliac arteries.
An AAA is an aneurysm that develops on your abdominal aorta. AAA stands for abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Somewhere around 90% of all the occurrences of an AAA take place below the level of your renal arteries. Your renal arteries are the vessels that leave your aorta and travel to your kidneys.
Around two-thirds of the time, and AAA will also extend from your aorta into one or both of your iliac arteries. The iliac arteries are the arteries that go to your legs.
Most of the time, an AAA occurs after the age of 60. Men are 5 times more likely to have an AAA than women are. Men who are over the age of 60 are at the highest risk of developing an AAA. Somewhere around 5% of men who are over the age of 60 will have an AAA.
The exact cause of an AAA is not known, but there are risk factors that may be a factor in the formation and development of an AAA. Some of these are:
? Hypertension (high blood pressure)
? Genetic, hereditary factors
? Being a man over the age of 60
? High cholesterol
An AAA may not produce any signs and symptoms at all. Many times, an AAA is discovered by accident when you have an abdominal CT scan and/or an ultrasound.
When an AAA does cause signs and symptoms, the main sign or symptom is pain. The pain that you experience with an AAA has a deep quality to it. It is as if the pain is boring into you. You will usually experience this pain in your back region and lower abdomen. The pain is usually steady, but it can often be relieved by changing position.
An AAA may also cause you to feel an abnormally noticeable abdominal pulsation. Sudden onset of abdominal and back pain, low blood pressure and shock can develop when you have a rapidly expanding AAA. This is also an indication of an imminent risk of a rupture about to take place.
The risk and threat of death is high with an AAA. However, you may have survived an AAA. Because of an AAA and/or complications resulting from it or other incapacitating conditions along with it, you may be left disabled and unable to work.
Because of your disability, are you in need of financial aid? Have you sought this financial aid from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits? Did the Social Security Administration turn you down?