Every year, more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Because a rupture of the aneurysm is life-threatening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm must be monitored closely. The team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, with offices in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia, specializes in the management of abdominal aortic aneurysms and can provide the care you need to prevent serious complications. Call today or request an appointment online.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlargement in your aorta, which is the main blood vessel in your body. Your aorta runs from your heart down through your abdominal area and is as thick as a garden hose. If the enlargement in your aorta grows and weakens the wall, it may rupture, which can be life-threatening.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms tend to grow slowly and don’t always cause symptoms. However, as it enlarges you may begin to feel:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical evaluation immediately.
You may be at risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm if you’re a smoker or have high blood pressure or atherosclerosis. Abdominal aortic aneurysms also tend to run in families.
Because they don’t cause noticeable symptoms, your abdominal aortic aneurysm may be found accidentally during a routine physical exam or during a chest X-ray or ultrasound conducted for another reason.
To confirm you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic may recommend additional testing, such as an abdominal ultrasound or an MRI.
It’s recommended that every smoker, or former smoker, ages 65-75 be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms to assess risk and prevent, or stay on top of, serious complications.
Treatment for your abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on the severity of the enlargement. In many cases, your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic may recommend simply monitoring the enlargement with regular imaging tests.
If your abdominal aortic aneurysm is large, surgery may be necessary. The team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic specializes in vascular surgery and may be able to perform an endovascular repair, which is when a mesh stent is placed over the aorta to provide additional support to the aortic wall.
For diagnosis and management of your abdominal aortic aneurysm, call the vascular experts at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic today, or request an appointment online.