What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Most people with thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysms have no symptoms and are discovered while the person is having an x-ray study for another reason or on physical exam. Some people complain of vague pain in the chest or abdomen and they may have a persistent cough and hoarseness. Large abdominal aneurysms can result in a pulsing feeling in the abdomen or chest.

When an aneurysm ruptures, the internal bleeding can cause intense back, abdominal, or chest pain. People with a ruptured aneurysm may also experience signs of shock such as shaking, dizziness, fainting, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and sudden weakness.

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