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Aortic Aneurysm Information

An aortic aneurysm is an out-pouching or bulge in a part of the aorta, which is the main artery in the body. The aorta begins with sending blood from the left ventricle of the heart and then descends into the abdomen, splitting in the lower abdomen into the iliac arteries. An aneurysm can occur anywhere along the course of the abdomen or thorax where the blood vessel becomes weak and overly stretched. If this happens, the blood vessel can burst in a condition that is almost always fatal. It is important, therefore, that the doctor recognize the signs of an aortic aneurysm before it ruptures so that the patient can be saved.

Aneurysms are most common in the abdominal area but thoracic aneurysms can occur as well. Thoracic aneurysms are divided into ascending aneurysms or abdominal aneurysms. The main cause of aneurysms is high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries from excesses of cholesterol. Normal wear and tear on the aorta can cause weakness of the wall that bulges out and eventually ruptures.

Aortic aneurysms don’t have to cause issues. They can be found incidentally on examination. Those who do have symptoms note abdominal pain, chest pain or back pain. The symptoms can come and go or can be severe and constant. It is up to the doctor to take note of these symptoms and do the necessary tests to confirm the diagnosis. Rupture of the aorta often leads to death within minutes so you don’t want to get to that point in the diagnosis of an aortic aneurysm.

A blood clot can form within an aneurysm and can break off, causing a stroke if it originates in the thorax of the body. Abdominal blood clots can break off and cause a blockage of blood flow to the abdomen, kidneys or legs. A blockage to the iliac artery can cause complete loss of blood supply to the pelvic organs and leg.

It is important for the doctor to maintain a high index of suspicion when symptoms of an aneurysm appear. When this index of suspicion is reached, diagnostic tests should be done. Remember that most aneurysms are found when looking for something else. Once found, they should be monitored periodically to make sure they don’t grow to dangerous sizes.

As men are mostly affected, they should be screened. Men who are smokers (or have ever smoked) and are between 65 and 75 should be screened with an ultrasound and men over the age of 60 and who have a first degree relative with an aneurysm should be screened. These people are at higher risk when compared to non-smoking men or women.

Screening tests can mean you need in an ultrasound of the chest or abdomen, a CT scan of the chest or abdomen or an MRI scan. These tests can help you know where the aneurysm is, how big it is and whether or not it has dissected (separated the inner and outer linings of the aneurysm. A dissection is dangerous and must be treated before a rupture occurs.

Treatment depends on how big the aneurysm is, whether or not there is a blood clot in the aneurysm and how fast the aneurysm is growing. The aneurysm can be repaired in an open procedure or in a minimally invasive procedure. Your doctor will decide what type of surgery you need.

Smaller aneurysms are rarely dangerous and hardly ever rupture. They should be treated with medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol medications to make sure the aneurysm doesn’t get any bigger. Patients should eat a healthy diet and get exercise. They should stop smoking as much as possible.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here