|The disease develops without symptoms. A late diagnosis can result in death. — Illustrative image/ Photo nld
HCM CITY (VNS) — People with family history of heart disease should be screened regularly to test for aortic arch aneurysms, recommends Dr Nguyen Hoang Dinh from the University Medical Centre's cardiac surgery ward in HCM City.
An aortic arch aneurysm, which can cause upper chest and back pain, can enlarge and compress both the oesophagus and airway, resulting in hoarseness and difficulty swallowing.
Dinh said that these aneurysms had a high risk of fatality if they ruptured.
He said the University Medical Centre had performed surgery on five patients with aortic arch aneursyms.
The disease develops without symptoms. A late diagnosis can result in death.
Patients with heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, and those who have a family history of heart disease, should be screened regularly.
Aneurysms are most common in the belly area, known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Like thoracic aortic aneurysms, abdominal aortic aneurysm do not cause symptoms. If they rupture, there is an 85 per cent chance of them killing the carrier.
Dinh said the hospital would carry out an examination on risk groups, including men more than 55 years old, smokers, people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and those whose family has a history of aneurysms.
Each year, nearly 200,000 Vietnamese die from heart-related diseases. —VNS