An aneurysm — a ballooning or bulging out of an artery where the wall is weak — can wreak havoc if it bursts. When aneurysms rupture in the brain, the resulting hemorrhage can cause stroke, coma, brain damage and other problems. Test yourself to see what you know about this dangerous disorder.
If you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm, you are at increased risk for an aneurysm at another location on your aorta. That’s why you will require lifelong monitoring, even after your first aneurysm has been surgically repaired.
Keeping your blood pressure under control is important when you have an aneurysm. But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid exercise and all other physical activities.
It’s a rare occurrence, but a severe headache that comes out of nowhere could be an important warning sign from the brain that something is wrong.
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When it comes to patients being observed for small aortic aneurysms, a benefit of statin therapy is not clearly proven. But it’s worth a discussion with your doctor.
If aneurysms run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing one and should be checked. Learn more about risk factors and treatment options.
Needing surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm is a scary diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be. The methods for fixing this type of bulge in the aorta just above the aortic valve are durable and safe, when performed by experienced surgeons. With modern techniques, you’ll be back in your normal routine in no … Read More
If you have coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, using statins is clearly a benefit to your health. In those cases, statins lower your risk of future cardiac events. However, when it comes to treating aortic aneurysm disease, the benefits of statin use are not clearly proven. Some evidence does support statin use for … Read More
Ongoing trials are testing a novel approach to preventing endoleaks (residual bleeding) that affect up to 20 percent of all patients who undergo endovascular aneurysm repair. A relatively common problem following this type of repair, endoleaks can require repeat procedures. A stent combined with an inflatable endobag could eliminate the need for repeat surgery and … Read More
Aneurysms can run in families, so get tested if a close relative has one. Our experts explain.