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 bursts.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||December 27, 2012|
Last Revised: December 27, 2012
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