Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ventricular Aneurysm Overview

What is a ventricular aneurysm?
A person with a ventricular aneurysm has an abnormal section of the ventricle that is bulging outward. A ventricular aneurysm may appear several days or weeks after a major heart attack. Most ventricular aneurysms occur in men over the age of 40 who have suffered a large heart attack. Other risk factors for developing a ventricular aneurysm include Chagas disease, sarcoidosis, myocarditis, cardiac contusion, ischemic cardiomyopathy, and glycogen storage disease.

What are the symptoms of a ventricular aneurysm?
The most common symptom of a ventricular aneurysm is cardiac insufficiency, where not enough blood is being pumped into the body. Common symptoms include shortness of breath on exertion and leg pain. Other symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath at rest, excessive sweating, nausea, and low blood pressure.

How does the doctor treat a ventricular aneurysm?
Treatment of a ventricular aneurysm may include surgery, and medications to control heart failure and angina.

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Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ventricular Aneurysm References
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