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WTAE-TV: 'Ticking Time Bomb': Aneurysms are Third Leading Cause of Death for Men

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people are completely unaware have a condition that one day could take their life.

Aneurysms, bulges in blood vessels, are often deadly when they rupture and most of the time there are no warning signs.

There are two types of aneurysms -- one that develops in the brain and another that develops in the abdomen. Both can be deadly because the bulge can rupture, causing bleeding into the body.

But doctors are hoping to find new ways to detect and fix the problem, before it claims a life.

Jim Howvalt came to Pittsburgh for the surgery the hopes will save his life. And there is no time to waste because the aneurysm in his abdomen is like a ticking time bomb.

"Mine's like the size of a tennis ball and if it busts, you're gone," Howvalt said."You're gone. There's no tomorrow."

Doctors found the abdominal aortic aneurysm during another procedure, not because Howvalt had any symptoms.

"I had no idea I had it. Had no idea," Howvalt said.

"Rupture of an aortic aneurysm is a serious matter. In fact most people don't survive them," said Dr. Satish Muluk of Allegheny General Hospital.

A relatively new procedure will not only fix the problem, it will also get Howvalt out of the hospital in a day or two.

To read more, visit the WTAE-TV web site.

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