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  1. Angiogram

    An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses fluoroscopy to take pictures of the blood flow within an artery (such as the aorta) or a vein (such as the vena cava).

  2. Aortic Aneurysm - Symptoms

    Most people with aortic aneurysms, especially ones in the chest area (thoracic aortic aneurysms), do not have symptoms. However, symptoms may begin to occur if the aneurysm gets bigger and puts pressure on surrounding organs.Abdominal aortic aneurysmThe most common symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm include general abdominal pain or discomfort, which may come and go or be constant. Other ...

  3. Aortic Aneurysm - Surgery

    Thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysms that are large, causing symptoms, or rapidly getting bigger are considered at risk of rupturing. Surgery is usually recommended if any one of these factors is present.Your doctor will consider:Whether you need urgent surgery.Whether you will be able to withstand a major surgery.Whether you can avoid surgery, at least for the present. When making a decision ..

  4. Aortic Aneurysm - Medications

    Medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta - blockers, may be used to slow the growth rate of an aortic aneurysm.If you have high cholesterol, your doctor might recommend that you take medications, such as statins, to lower it. Having high cholesterol increases your risk of atherosclerosis, which can cause aortic aneurysms and other conditions, such as coronary artery disease and

  5. Aortic Aneurysm - Living With an Aortic Aneurysm

    If you have an aortic aneurysm, you need close medical monitoring and possibly treatment. Talk with your doctor about how often you should come in for testing.Home treatment is appropriate to help prevent or control conditions that may be causing you to have an aortic aneurysm, such as atherosclerosis or high blood pressure.Stop smoking. Smoking increases the rate of aneurysm growth by 20% to 25%

  6. Aortic Aneurysm - Treatment Overview

    Once you are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, your doctor will evaluate:Whether you need surgery.Whether you will be able to withstand a major surgery.Whether you can avoid surgery, at least for the present. Factors such as the shape and flexibility of the aorta and heart valves are also considered in deciding how to treat an aortic aneurysm.When surgery is recommendedAortic aneurysms that are .

  7. Chest X-Ray

    A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.

  8. Aortic Aneurysm - What Increases Your Risk

    The leading risk factors for an aortic aneurysm are:2Advanced age.Being male.High blood pressure.Smoking. Ninety percent of people with aneurysms have smoked.3Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms.You may be able to change or control some of the risk factors that lead to atherosclerosis, such as: Smoking.High cholesterol.High blood pressure.Obesity.Diabetes. ...

  9. Aortic Aneurysm - Topic Overview

    What is an aortic aneurysm? An aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries oxygen - rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A bulging aorta is weakened and can burst, or rupture, resulting in life - threatening bleeding. The two types of aortic aneurysms are abdominal aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic ..

  10. Endovascular Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    Endovascular repair is a procedure to fix an aortic aneurysm in the abdomen. It's called endovascular because a doctor repairs the aneurysm from the inside of the damaged blood vessel (the aorta).This procedure is relatively new compared to the traditional open surgery to repair an aneurysm. It is a minimally invasive procedure. Local or general anesthesia might be used. The doctor will make one or two cuts (incisions) in the groin area. Small flexible tubes, called catheters, are inserted into arteries in the groin area. The doctor puts dye into the arteries. The dye will make your aorta show up on X-ray pictures during the procedure.The doctor uses the catheters to move a man-made tube, called a stent graft, through the arteries until it reaches the aorta. The doctor expands the graft inside of the aneurysm. Then the doctor attaches the graft to the blood vessel. When the graft is in place, the doctor will take out the catheters and the wires. He or she will use stitches to close

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