Grant Wahl, a sports reporter, passed away Due To Aortic aneurysm
By Babita Singh
Grant Wahl, a sports reporter, passed away from a ruptured ascending aortic aneurysm and hemopericardium, a collection of blood around his heart.
According to Grant's wife, Dr. Céline Gounder, the aneurysm had been developing gradually and gone unnoticed.
The chest pressure Grant felt just before he passed away might have been the first signs. CPR and shocks would not have been able to save him.
A weak area in a blood vessel bulges or expands out, causing an aneurysm.
Wahl's aorta, the biggest artery pumping blood away from the heart, had a bulge in it.
When the bulge is found in the part of the aorta that is close to the heart, precisely where it starts to rise out of the lower left pumping chamber, this condition is known as an ascending aortic aneurysm.
Aneurysms can fracture or burst a blood vessel's wall, which can be fatal if left untreated.
As people age, chest aneurysms are more prevalent. According to the American Heart Association, men experience these slightly more frequently than women.
High blood pressure, a recent injury, a history of high cholesterol, or smoking are the usual causes of aneurysms.