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What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?If you have been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you may have a lot of questions. You will probably be concerned about what this means for your future. The team at Brookhaven Heart is here to provide you with the most recent information and resources available for symptoms, treatment, and prognosis for abdominal aortic aneurysm. If you have any specific questions concerning your particular medical condition, it is best to consult with your specialist.

What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Your aorta is a large blood vessel running parallel to your body and carrying the majority of your blood in the middle of your body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is when the aorta enlarges. The danger is that it could burst, causing life-threatening internal bleeding.

What Are the Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Unfortunately, there are not many symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm until it is about to rupture. Some patients reported feeling a strong pulsing in their stomach, deep pain in the abdomen, or severe back pain. These can be symptoms of many different health conditions. If you feel any of these, it is best to be thoroughly examined by a medical professional.

What Are the Available Treatment Options?

Treatment options vary depending on the size and speed at which your abdominal aortic aneurysm is growing. Sometimes it is best to watch and wait, while other times it may be necessary to undergo surgery. Surgery on the aorta can be risky, so many surgeons are rather cautious before jumping into surgical repair. Endovascular repair has become a popular and less invasive way to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone. Ask your specialist about your treatment options.

For more information regarding abdominal aortic aneurysm, contact the heart specialists at Brookhaven Heart. Call 631.654.3278 to make your appointment today.