Evaluating your treatment options is the first step in living a long
and healthy life with aortic disease. Your care team will develop a
personalized plan that accounts for your age, medical history, overall
health, and the location and severity of your aortic aneurysm.
In most cases, an abdominal ultrasound will be used to check your aneurysm. If it's below 4.5 cm, you may be rescheduled for a second ultrasound within 6-12 months. If it's over 4.5 cm, then a CT scan and consultation will likely take place.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure.
This will reduce the strain on the weakened area of your aorta and
potentially slow the growth of the aneurysm.
Your doctor may also prescribe medicines, called statins, to lower
your cholesterol. These will help maintain the overall health of your
Your doctor will recommend that you limit your physical activity
because of your aneurysm. This may include avoiding heavy lifting and
Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is an open-chest surgery, where a
surgeon removes the enlarged section of the aorta and replaces it with a
tube, called a graft.
TEVAR is a less invasive surgery that repairs the aorta using a flexible, metal coil covered by cloth, called a stent-graft.
Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is a surgery that repairs a weakened area of the aorta.
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) uses a stent to repair a portion of the aorta.
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