Actor Tommy Ford’s death reminds us of the seriousness of an aneurysm. Last week Ford passed away at the age of 52. Tommy Ford was most known for his role on the 90’s sitcom ‘Martin’ and the movie ‘Harlem Nights.’ He died after suffering an aortic aneurysm rupture.
So what is an aortic aneurysm?
The aorta is the body’s main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. Think of an aneurysm as being like a balloon. This ‘balloon’ is located in the wall of the artery and it begins to bulge. As the size of the bulge increases, the likelihood of a break or tear. If a tear occurs, a life threatening emergency develops.
Aneurysms can develop slowly over time. However, when symptoms begin to appear they can appear suddenly. The suddenness of the symptoms is usually indicative of a tear or a leak.
Although an exact cause may not be determined, there are several risk factors. These risk factors include; smoking/use of tobacco, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, heredity, infection, and trauma.
Symptoms of an aortic abdominal aneurysm include:
- Passing out
- Abdominal pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Back pain
- Pain radiating down the legs
Treatment: if the bulge is small (less than 2 inches) doctors may take a wait and see approach. If the bulge is 2 inches or greater or rapidly increasing in diameter, surgery is the only option.
Sometimes medical emergencies can just happen. Other times a person can correct or begin to slow the progression of an illness such as this by changing their diet and increasing aerobic exercise. For example: giving up tobacco use and smoking, lower bad cholesterol levels and increase the amount of regular cardio exercise.
To read more about this medical condition and the article in support of this post, click HERE. As Actor Tommy Ford’s death reminds us of the seriousness of an aneurysm, always remember to speak with your medical professional regarding your medical condition.