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It is normal to feel a throb at the site where you take a
pulse to check your heart rate. As the heart forces blood through your body,
you can feel a throbbing in the arteries wherever they come close to the skin
surface, such as the wrist, neck, or upper arm.
An aneurysm is a
bulging section in the wall of a blood vessel and causes a throbbing pulse
where the blood vessel has become stretched out and thin. This area of the
blood vessel bulges out, is weak, and may cause bleeding when it bursts or
ruptures. Aneurysms most often affect the large artery in the chest and abdomen
(aorta) and arteries that supply the brain, heart, and legs.
Although it is not unusual to have an aneurysm without other symptoms,
common symptoms include:
Prompt evaluation and treatment can prevent an aneurysm from
bursting. Death from loss of blood can occur quickly if an aneurysm
December 27, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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