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Glossary for Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic

  • Aneurysm: Dangerous ballooning of a weakened area of an artery
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis: Inflammation of spinal joints similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Aortic valve incompetence: A condition characterized by an inability of the aortic valve to function effectively
  • Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries.
  • Back pain: Pain from the back or spine.
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chest pain: Pain in the chest area.
  • Circulatory system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the heart and the circulatory system.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Hiccups: Noise and diaphragm muscle contractions (properly called "hiccoughs")
  • Horner's syndrome: A rare condition caused by damage to the sympathetic nervous system that supply the eye on the affected side of the head.
  • Jaw pain: Pain affecting the jaw or jawbone
  • Neck pain: Pain affecting the neck
  • No symptoms: The absence of noticable symptoms.
  • Smoking Cessation:

 

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