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Aortic Disease and Aneurysms

Understanding Aortic Disease: Key Information and Treatment Options

What is Aortic Disease? Aortic disease involves the development of an aneurysm, a weak spot in the wall of the aorta, which is the main artery in the human body. This weakened area can balloon out, creating a risk of bursting and potentially causing life-threatening bleeding. Aortic aneurysms are most commonly found in the abdomen, known as abdominal aortic aneurysms, or in the chest, referred to as thoracic aneurysms.

Detection and Symptoms Aortic aneurysms often do not show symptoms and are usually discovered incidentally during imaging tests for other conditions. When symptoms are present, they may include pain in the belly, lower back, or chest. Upon detection, further testing is conducted to pinpoint the aneurysm’s exact location.

Risk Factors The primary risk group includes men aged 65 to 75 who currently smoke or have a smoking history, and those over 60 with a close male relative who has experienced this condition. It is recommended that men in these high-risk categories undergo screening tests by a vascular specialist.

Treatment Options The treatment approach for an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on the size of the aneurysm and its growth rate. Rapidly growing aneurysms require urgent surgical intervention to prevent rupture. For slow-growing aneurysms, the risk of rupture is low, and management typically involves blood pressure medication and regular monitoring through ultrasound.

Living with an Aortic Aneurysm Individuals with stable abdominal aortic aneurysms may still face a heightened risk of heart problems. Vascular specialists might recommend lifestyle adjustments and medications to manage the condition effectively.

Consultation and Care If you exhibit symptoms of an aortic aneurysm or belong to a high-risk group, scheduling an appointment with one of our vascular specialist is crucial for accurate diagnosis and to explore treatment options. Our team at Bergen Vascular Institute, leading vascular surgeons in Bergen County, employs advanced techniques for the management and repair of arterial damage.