When the walls of a blood vessel or artery weaken, they may widen or balloon, creating an aneurysm. This could burst and cause internal bleeding.
Aneurysms most commonly occur in the aorta, the major artery of the heart. An abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA, involves the section of the aorta leading to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. Aneurysms also may develop in the aortic region that supplies the chest or thoracic area.
Some people with aneurysms experience no symptoms, while others may have pain in the stomach, back or chest, or throbbing in the abdomen. Many aneurysms are detected when undergoing a test for an unrelated medical condition.
Treatment for Aneurysm
Regular medical monitoring of an aneurysm is important to avoid dangerous rupture, which can create an aortic tear or bleeding. Medication and lifestyle changes may reduce risk. As the aneurysm grows, surgical treatments are needed to prevent rupture.
Our surgeons are experts in the newest vascular surgery approaches to aneurysm treatment, including endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a minimally invasive procedure.
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