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What are common causes for having a pulse in the abdomen of a 55-year-old woman?

A pulse was heard on a stethoscope by a doctor and I'm worried. No other symptoms.
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Blood flows everywhere in our body, so not sure what you're asking.  Did the doctor say something was wrong?
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They may suspect an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but frankly as bad as that might be I'm more concerned about a possible tumor or cancer putting pressure on the aorta and causing this pulse.
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Many women find out about this when they are pregnant and think they feel their baby's heart beat when it is actually the abdominal aorta.  We all have it. It's normal. So literally, that is just your own pulse. Hearing it with a stethoscope at the doctor's isn't something to worry about or your doctor would have told you.  The only time to have any worries at all would be if you had deep pain in your abdomen or on the side of your abdomen,  pulse near your bellybutton with  back pain. Those are symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  But you don't describe anything like that and it is rare.  https://www.healthline.com/health/pulse-in-stomach#abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Yes, they wan tests done suspecting possible AAA. I'm more concerned about  a differential diagnosis of cancer rather than AAA. I've read that organs with cancer can put pressure on the aorta and mimic AAA pulse. Those cancers are more fatal  and have a worse long term outlook than  the  of AAA repair surgery, which is about 90% successful
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Hello. It's normal to feel your pulse in your stomach. What the doctors' stethoscope was picking up was the pulse in your mother's abdominal aorta. The aorta is the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It runs from the heart, down the center of the chest, and into the abdomen.

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