What are the symptoms?
Most aortic aneurysms usually have no symptoms
Most are diagnosed from CT scans which are performed either from a routine check up or an evaluation of lung disease etc...
Symptoms may occur if the aneurysm presses on nearby organs or tissue or is the aneurysm leads to a dissection. Symptom includes:
What is the treatment?
Aortic aneurysm treatment depends on the size, location and your state of health.
If your aneurysm is small and you have no symptoms
If you aneurysm is large enough or growing more than 1 cm per year
Aortic Dissection treatment
Blood pressure and heart rate control while aorta heals
Risk of death for descending thoracic aortic dissection is about 10%
Risk goes up to 30% should surgery be required, therefore, patients are treated with medication
Once the acute dissection heals, the control of blood pressure eliminates the need for surgery
Lifelong monitoring of the aorta diameter is needed because a previously dissected descending thoracic aorta may enlarge and rupture.
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