Aortic Aneurysm - Overview
Treatment of an aortic aneurysm
is based on how big it is and how fast it is growing. If you have a large or
fast-growing aneurysm, you need surgery to fix it. A doctor will
repair the damaged part of the blood vessel with a stent or replace it with a graft during open surgery.
Small aneurysms rarely rupture and
are usually treated with high blood pressure medicine, such as
beta-blockers. This medicine helps to lower blood
pressure and stress on the aortic wall. If you don't have surgery, you will
ultrasound tests to see if the aneurysm is getting
Even if your aneurysm does not grow or rupture, you may
be at risk for heart problems. Your doctor may suggest that you exercise more,
eat a heart-healthy diet, and stop smoking. He or she may also prescribe
medicines to help lower high cholesterol.