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Q: Aneurism of the aorta ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Aneurism of the aorta
Category: Health
Asked by: bob2-ga
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Posted: 16 Aug 2002 03:12 PDT
Expires: 15 Sep 2002 03:12 PDT
Question ID: 55188
Can an aneurism of a rupture of the aorta be caused by alcoholism?
Subject: Re: Aneurism of the aorta
Answered By: alienintelligence-ga on 16 Aug 2002 05:33 PDT
Hi bob2

To start with, please don't use
as a self diagnostic tool. Medical related
problems should be taken to a qualified PhD.

As a research topic, the association of
alcohol abuse and a rupture of an aortic wall
seems to be close, but not X causes Y.
It's more of a X can cause Y which can
cause Z.

From this page you can read that alcoholism
is an aggrivation factor in hypertension.

The alcohol related pathogenesis or
development of the diseased condition
of cardiac damage is charaterized by
occurance of both systolic and diastolic
hypertension, arrhythmias and alcoholic
cardiomyopathy or a condition where the
heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump
blood efficiently.
[ ]

Hypertension is associated with aortic
dissection (rupture) and aneurysms
[ ]
"Causes: Aortic dissection is more common in
patients with hypertension, connective-tissue
disorders, congenital aortic stenosis or bicuspid
aortic valve, and in those with first-degree
relatives with history of thoracic dissections.
These diseases affect the media of the aorta and
predispose it to dissection."

Aneurysm, Great Vessels
[ ]
"The stress of hypertension or high blood
pressure to the wall of the aorta over many
years can lead to enlargement of the blood
vessel wall. This is the leading predisposing
factor for the development of aneurysm of the
thoracic aorta"

FAQ on alcoholism
[ ]

Now, as far as your question:
Can an aneurism of a rupture of the aorta be caused by alcoholism? 

... directly I see no pages that say
alcohol abuse will cause aneurysms, or
aortic tears. I do however see almost
every page say that alcohol abuse can
cause hypertension. And almost all of
the pages I found say hypertension can
be a cause of aortic dissections and

I hope this answers your question. I
would be glad to clarify any points
here. A cardiologist would be the 
most likely source to give a final
say on this, considering the changing
face of medicine.

- search techniques - 
alcoholic cardiomyopathy
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Alcohol Related Cardiac Effects
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