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  1. Aortic Aneurysm - Ongoing Concerns

    Aortic aneurysms are hard to detect, as they often do not cause symptoms. Most people with aortic aneurysms are unaware they have them, and they are often diagnosed during an evaluation for another problem. If you are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you need to monitor its size and rate of growth. Set up regular exams with your health professional. This is especially important because ...

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Aortic Aneurysm - Cause

    Abdominal and thoracicaortic aneurysms are caused by a number of factors, including:Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Exactly how atherosclerosis leads to abdominal aortic aneurysms is unclear. It is thought that atherosclerosis causes changes in the lining of the artery wall that may affect oxygen and nutrient flow to the aortic wall tissues. The resulting tissue damage and breakdown .

  5. 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. ...

  6. Aortic Aneurysm - Exams and Tests

    Aortic aneurysms are often discovered during an X - ray, ultrasound, or echocardiogram done for other reasons. Occasionally, an abdominal aneurysm is felt during a routine physical examination. If this is the case, your doctor will perform a medical history and physical examination.Once an aneurysm is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to:Pinpoint the location of the aneurysm.Estimate its ...

  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 - 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 ..

  9. Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)

    A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body.

  10. 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).

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