Aortic Aneurysm

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

The board-certified vascular surgery team at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, has over 20 years of experience treating aortic aneurysms. The surgeons offer flexible appointments and customize a treatment plan to repair damage in the aorta using the latest endovascular surgical techniques. They also provide resources to reduce your risk for additional aortic aneurysms and protect your overall vascular health. To schedule a consultation for an aortic aneurysm, call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Aortic Aneurysm Q & A

What is an aortic aneurysm?

An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge that develops in the wall of the aorta, the major blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of your body.

The aneurysm can develop in any part of the aorta and can be round or tube-shaped. Two types of aortic aneurysms include:

Thoracic aortic aneurysm

A thoracic aortic aneurysm develops in the part of the aorta that travels through the chest cavity.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs in the part of the aorta that passes through the abdomen.

Once you have an aortic aneurysm, your risk increases for having an aortic dissection, a condition that describes a tear in the inner layer of the aorta wall. An aortic dissection, in turn, increases your risk for rupturing of the aneurysm and internal bleeding. A rupture is a serious medical emergency, and without prompt treatment, can lead to premature death.

 

What are the risk factors for aortic aneurysm?

Your risk for developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm or a thoracic aortic aneurysm increases if you have underlying conditions that affect your blood vessels and your heart, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

You may also be at increased risk for an aortic aneurysm if you smoke, have underlying connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or a family history of aortic aneurysms.

 

What are the symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

If you develop an aortic aneurysm, you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages. In many cases, testing for other conditions reveals an existing aneurysm.

Because you may not know you have an aortic aneurysm, it’s important you receive preventive screenings if you have risk factors for the condition, so treatment can begin before the aneurysm grows large enough to rupture.

 

How is an aortic aneurysm treated?

The team at Comprehensive Vascular Care offers comprehensive care for both types of aortic aneurysms. Typically, medications are necessary to lower blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair or replace damaged sections of the aorta and prevent a rupture. 

The board-certified surgical team at Comprehensive Vascular Care has more than 20 years of experience in treating complex aneurysms with open endovascular techniques, which are less invasive and only require small incisions to place a graft in the aorta to stop the flow of blood into the aneurysm. They also offer referrals for tertiary care.

Your provider also works with you on lifestyle and dietary changes to prevent new aneurysms from forming. They can recommend a treatment strategy to keep underlying conditions, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, well-controlled.

To learn more about treatment options available for an aortic aneurysm, schedule a consultation at Comprehensive Vascular Care by phone or with the online booking feature.