Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Definition

An aneurysm is an outpouching of a blood vessel because the wall has degenerated or weakened similar to a garden hose that has a bubble in it. The most common area for an aneurysm is the abdominal aorta.

Symptoms

In most cases, abdominal aortic aneurysms do not cause symptoms. There typically discovered when you are being evaluated for other medical conditions. If an aneurysm gets too large, it can rupture and cause life-threatening bleeding. Symptoms of a ruptured aortic aneurysm include back pain or abdominal pain.

What are the risk factors?

Smoking, a family history of aneurysms, infection, trauma, Congenital defects

How is it diagnosed?

  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Angiogram

Should I be screened for an aneurysm?

It is recommended that men age 65 years old or older and men as early as age 55 with a family history of AAA or women age 65 or older with a family history of AAA or those who have smoked be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

How is it treated?

Multiple approaches to aneurysm treatment exist depending on the location of the aneurysm.
Open surgical repair requires an incision over the area of the aneurysm and removal of that portion of the blood vessel and replacement with a graft.

Endovascular repair is performed from inside the blood vessel. Metal stents that are lined with fabric are used to reinforce the blood vessel and create a new channel for blood to travel. This depressurizes the aneurysm.

How do I find a physician to treat my condition?

For further questions or to make an appointment pleas

Vascular Health Alliance at 864-454-8272.

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