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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Is an aneurysm something that can be hereditary?

 melj721 - Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:27 am

I am a 30 yr old female whose father passed away at the age of 33 from an aortic aneurism. I worry sometimes because I get pains on the left side that feel like if I breath any deeper or exhale any further then something may break. When I stretch and arch my back, I hear and feel something crack right where my sternum is. Lately I have been having trouble getting a deep enough breath and have been tested for asthma which is negative. I also have a resting heart rate of 104 beats per minute. I have asked doctors to check my heart before but they tell me since I am a female, its different than if I were a male.

I would appreciate any feedback.

Thank you for your time.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:10 am

User avatar Hi melj721,
An aneurysm is the widening and weakening of the arteries walls. It does not usually cause symptoms until rupture. If an aneurysym for example, in the abdomen, is usually noted on a physical exam and identified by diagnostic procedures such as CT scans, MRI's etc. A resting heart rate of 104 would be considered abnormal regardless of gender. Explainations for heart rate elevations are numerous and may be related to health factors, physical inactivity, medications, etc. etc.

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