Aortic Aneurysm


Aorta is a large artery that carries blood from the heart through the heart and torso region. A baloon like bulging in this artery (aorta) is referred to as Aortic Aneurysm. This condition works in two ways:
1) Dissection:The force of blood pumping can split the layers of theartery wall,allowing blood to leak in between these to layers.
2) Rupture: The Aneurysm may sometimes burst completely resulting in internal bleeding.

  • Sudden intense and persistent pain in the back, abdomen and flank
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Clamminess
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea 
  • Pulsating abdominal mass
  • Vomiting
  • Sweatiness 
Tests to diagnose: 
  • Ultrasound of the heart/abdomen
  • Chest X-rays
  • CT scan 
  • MRI 

1) If the aneurysm is small and the symptoms are mild, doctor will recommend medical monitoring which includes:

  • Regular appointments 
  • Self care
  • Regular imaging tests

2) If the aneurysm is quite large and symptoms are severe, doctor will recommend surgery. The surgery options include:

  • Open abdominal surgery
  • Endovascular surgery