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Aortic aneurysm

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Chest conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Heart & blood

 

(AAA; Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm; Aneurysm, Abdominal Aortic; Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm; Aneurysm, Thoracic Aortic)

Aortic aneurysm – Definition

An aortic aneurysm is a weak, bulging area in the wall of the aorta. The bulging develops from a weakness or defect in the aortic wall and tends to get bigger with time. The aorta is the body’s largest artery. It carries blood from the heart for delivery to the rest of the body. The aorta travels through the chest (thoracic aorta) and the abdomen (abdominal aorta). Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic aortic aneurysms.

Angina

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Chest conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Heart & blood

(Unstable Angina; Stable Angina; Angina Pectoris; Cardiac Angina; Variant Angina)

Angina – Definition

Angina is a pain or discomfort in the chest. It often has a squeezing or pressure-like feel. This discomfort can also be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaws, or back. Anginal pain usually lasts for no more than 2-10 minutes. It is relieved by rest or nitroglycerin.

Types of angina include:

  • Stable angina — has a predictable pattern. You generally know what brings it on and relieves it. You may also know what the intensity will be.
  • Unstable angina — is more unpredictable or severe. Chest pain may occur while resting or even sleeping (nocturnal angina). The discomfort may last longer and be more intense than that of stable angina.

Iron-deficiency anemia

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Chest conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Heart & blood

(Reduced Iron in Blood)

Iron-deficiency anemia – Definition

This condition results from reduced iron stores in the blood. This happens when you do not eat enough iron to replace the iron that your body uses. Your body uses iron to produce hemoglobin. This part of red blood cells carries oxygen to tissues and muscles. Bleeding a lot can also cause anemia.

Iron makes a critical component of red blood cells.

von Willebrand Disease

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Brain & nerves, Disease, Condition & Injury, Head & neck conditions, Heart & blood

von Willebrand disease – Definition

von Willebrand disease (vWD) is an inherited blood disorder. It decreases the blood’s ability to clot. As a result, bleeding lasts longer than usual.

von Willebrand’s disease is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder, affecting about 1% of the population. It affects both sexes approximately equally. There are no racial or ethnic associations with this disorder.