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An aortic aneurysm is a bulge at a weak point in the wall of your aorta — a large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. This dangerous condition can turn life-threatening if the bulge begins to leak.
An untreated aneurysm can tear or rupture, resulting in internal bleeding and loss of consciousness. Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if you, or someone close to you, experiences symptoms of a burst aneurysm.
Our doctors at Dignity Health North State specialize in treating many cardiovascular conditions, including aortic aneurysms. Find a Doctor today to discuss your best options for aortic aneurysm treatment in Northern California.
The location and severity of an aortic aneurysm dictate its treatment. Generally, aneurysms that are growing quickly, or are already larger than two inches, require treatment.
Thoracic (chest) aneurysms are more likely to need treatment than aortic aneurysms developing in your abdomen. If they are small, abdominal aortic aneurysms may not require treatment. In these situations, your Dignity Health North State doctor will monitor the aneurysm for changes in size.
Treatment for aortic aneurysms include:
You will not have a chance to review your treatment options if you have a leaking or ruptured aneurysm. These conditions are treated by emergency surgery.
If your aneurysm is intact, and you have the benefit of time, discuss the risks and likely outcomes of all available treatment options. With an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you may be able to opt for a wait-and-see approach.
Aortic aneurysms can occur in otherwise healthy people. Still, you can reduce your risk with these common strategies:
Are you concerned about your heart health? Take our online heart risk assessment and talk to one of our experts. Our doctors, nurses, and staff at Dignity Health North Shore aim to treat the whole person, not just the condition. Learn about our holistic approach to medicine.
Dignity Health North State offers advanced aortic aneurysm treatment in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.