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    RBW Member costas is an unknown quantity at this point costas's Avatar
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    aortic aneurysm

    I recently came across a new phrase in my vocabulary called 'aortic aneurysm' !!

    How does this affect ccr diving ( to depths more than 40m) ?

    What is the opinion of the ccr Drs. on this?

    Appreciate your feedback



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    Re: aortic aneurysm

    Quote Originally Posted by costas  View Original Post
    How does this affect ccr diving ( to depths more than 40m) ?

    Ask a Angiologist or blood vessel specialist cannot give medical advice here.

    From google search ...
    It is a deformity in the wall of the most important artery in the body.
    If it ruptures (which is the risk any aneurism) you are dead.

    From wiki:
    Arterial diseases include the aorta (aneurysms/dissection) and arteries supplying the legs hands, kidneys, brain, intestines.

    An aneurysm or aneurism (from Greek: ἀνεύρυσμα, aneurysma, "dilation", from ἀνευρύνειν, aneurynein, "to dilate") is a localized, blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel.[1]

    An aortic aneurysm is enlargement (dilation) of the aorta to greater than 1.5 times normal size.[1] They usually cause no symptoms except when ruptured.[2] Occasionally there may be abdominal, back or leg pain.[3]

    They are most commonly located in the abdominal aorta, but can also be located in the thoracic aorta. Aortic aneurysms cause weakness in the wall of the aorta and increase the risk of aortic rupture. When rupture occurs, massive internal bleeding results and, unless treated immediately, shock and death can occur.

    It pretty much put a stop in any diving not only rebreather ever and especially free diving, either by abandon or death, diver choice. This is due to change in pressure we are subjected as divers and the weakened blood vessel walls.
    Last edited by fsardone; 1st April 2016 at 18:42.

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    Re: aortic aneurysm

    I would need a lot more information, but someone with a diagnosed aneurysm would not likely be cleared to dive if they walked into my office...if that is, in fact, your underlying question.

    The text books say that a seizure disorder and spontaneous pneumothorax are the only two absolute contraindications to diving...but there are, in reality, many more...

    You need a chat with a Dive Medical Officer, one who is boarded in undersea/hyperbaric medicine...about any specific case like this.

    This does not constitute medical advice, merely a set of generalized observations...


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