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.
About 90 percent of people with Marfan syndrome will develop changes in their heart and blood vessels. In this Q&A, Lars Svensson, MD, PhD, answers five of the most common questions he hears from patients with Marfan syndrome.
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
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For more than 20 years, vascular surgeons have been implanting endografts (aortic stent grafts) in patients to repair aortic aneurysms. But endografts can be challenging and not all patients are eligible to have them. Cleveland Clinic vascular surgeons offer the ability to treat more patients with endografts. A current research trial is aimed at creating … Read More
The National Hockey League (NHL) is not for the faint of heart. For Teppo Numminen, Buffalo Sabres assistant coach and former NHL player, paying attention to his heart made all the difference. As a young man, Numminen was told by physicians that his heart murmur was nothing to worry about. So he didn’t give it … Read More
Size, growth rate and medical history all factor into the decision of whether to operate on a descending aortic aneurysm. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, explains what surgeons look for in the descending aorta before they decide it’s time to carry on with surgery.
There’s no simple answer to the question: When can we operate on an aortic aneurysm? Every person is different. But the simplest way to think about it is, we operate when the risk of surgery is less than the risk of having a rupture or dissection from the aneurysm. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, … Read More
Fixing an aneurysm involves removing the diseased part of the blood vessel and replacing it with an artificial one. Depending on its location, this repair can be executed by making a small incision, using X-ray imaging and the latest technology to insert “stent graft.” Aneurysms involving the first portion of the aorta most often require open surgery. In this whiteboard session, … Read More
An aortic aneurysm can be a scary diagnosis, but understanding how and where the condition occurs in the body’s largest blood vessel can bring peace of mind. You’re probably wondering: When is it time to operate on an aortic aneurysm? In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, surgeon in the Department of Thoracic … Read More