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.

  • Careful Monitoring

    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.

  • Blood Pressure Medications

    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.

  • Cholesterol Medications

    Your doctor may also prescribe medicines, called statins, to lower your cholesterol. These will help maintain the overall health of your blood vessels.

  • Limiting Physical Activity

    Your doctor will recommend that you limit your physical activity because of your aneurysm. This may include avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.

  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair

    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.

  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

    TEVAR is a less invasive surgery that repairs the aorta using a flexible, metal coil covered by cloth, called a stent-graft.

More About Surgery for Aortic Aneurysm


Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is a surgery that repairs a weakened area of the aorta.


Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) uses a stent to repair a portion of the aorta.