Arteries are the intrical web that carries your blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Your aorta is the largest artery in your body. If you are diagnosed with or experience an aortic aneurysm, you have an abnormal bulge located somewhere along your aorta.
There are generally no signs or symptoms of this cardiovascular condition until a medical emergency results from the aneurysm leaking or bursting. Call 911 or get emergency care if you experience this life-threatening situation.
Trust the emergency doctors and cardiovascular specialists at Dignity Health Central California if you have an aortic aneurysm. We provide care with dignity and respect for aortic aneurysms in Central California. Find a Doctor today for excellent cardiac care.
Pinpointing Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
Aortic aneurysms develop over time and do not happen at once. Aortic aneurysm can occur in your abdomen but rarely cause noticeable symptoms.
When an aortic aneurysm ruptures, you may have:
- Abdominal pain
- Rapid pulse
- Clammy skin
- Chest pain
If you are experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
A Dignity Health Central California heart doctor can determine your risks for developing an aortic aneurysm. Preventive steps for your well-being and peace of mind are the goal of heart treatment.
Understanding Aortic Aneurysm Causes
Aortic aneurysms are the result of a weakness in your artery wall. The pressure that is within the arteries can cause a weakness to balloon over time.
Your Dignity Health Central California cardiologist can explain that there is no single cause for aortic aneurysm and determine the risks if you have heart disease (coronary artery disease).
You may have an increased risk of aortic aneurysms if you have any of the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Inflammation of the aorta
- Are male
- Age 60 or older
- Family history of aortic aneurysm from genetic connective tissue disorders
Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms
Your Dignity Health Central California will monitor and develop a personalized treatment and prevention plan for your specific situation. An abdominal aortic aneurysms that is small and growing slowly may only require monitoring. Large aneurysms grow quickly and may need surgery.
Even the healthiest people have the ability to develop an aortic aneurysm. While this makes prevention difficult, you can reduce your risk by avoiding smoking and treating your high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Regular screenings and visits to your doctor for physical exams can help diagnose and monitor early-stage aortic aneurysm.
Reach out to a Dignity Health Central California heart doctor for quality care for aortic aneurysms near you.
Dignity Health Central California cardiologists offer personal care for aortic aneurysms in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.