Health screening is important because it can detect problems that you might not know about otherwise, which means that you can take action now, rather than waiting until it is too late. One of the hidden health problems that screening in London can detect are heart aneurysms.
An aneurysm is a widening of one of your arteries, which can happen when the walls of the artery become so weak that they bulge out. Having an aneurysm can be dangerous, because the weakened vessel could rupture suddenly, which can have serious, even fatal, consequences. Aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, but they are particularly common in the heart. A heart aneurysm often occurs in the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel leading out of the heart, or in the ventricular wall of the heart, but wherever it occurs, it can put you at risk of having a heart attack.
If your doctor does find a heart aneurysm during cardiac screening in our London clinic, there are some ways that you can reduce the chances that it will cause serious problems in the future. It will be even more important for you to take good care of your heart and blood vessels. You should make sure that you are eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise, although you should talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely with a heart aneurysm. You should also avoid smoking and take care to manage your stress levels and blood pressure.
As well as making these lifestyle changes, your doctor may want to start you on some medication to help manage your blood pressure, prevent blood clots, or relax the walls of your blood vessels. This could reduce the chances that your heart aneurysm will rupture. In some cases, you may need to have surgery to repair or reinforce the affected blood vessel, particularly if the aneurysm is in the aorta. You will probably also need to come back regularly to have your heart aneurysm checked at the clinic in London, so that we can spot any signs of trouble.