Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
When the wall of a blood vessel or artery weakens, it may widen or balloon, creating an aneurysm.
In the heart, aneurysms most commonly occur in the aorta, the major artery. Abdominal aortic aneurysms involve the section of the aorta leading to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. Aneurysms also may develop in the aortic section that supplies the chest or thoracic area.
Some patients with aneurysms experience no symptoms, while others may have pain or discomfort. Regular medical monitoring of an aneurysm is important to avoid dangers from tearing (aortic dissection) or bleeding.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Depending upon the severity of the condition, aneurysms may be treated with minimally invasive procedures or surgical repair.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating aneurysms, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease and Blank Vascular Center.