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Your aorta is a very large blood vessel that carries freshly oxygenated blood throughout your body.
An aortic aneurysm is a bulge at a weak area along the wall of the aorta. It can be life threatening if it dissects (leaks) or ruptures. Blood flow can be reduced quickly, leaving your body without enough oxygen to survive. A full-thickness aortic rupture can cause massive internal bleeding and unconsciousness.
If you or someone close to you has symptoms of a burst aneurysm, fast action is critical. Call 911.
Aortic aneurysms are both preventable and treatable. At Dignity Health Southern California, our doctors are experts in total heart health, from prevention to treatment to recovery. We partner with our patients to provide specialized heart care, including aortic aneurysm treatment, in Southern California. Find a Doctor online and make an appointment at one of our five first-class locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
Even if you are healthy, it’s possible to have an aortic aneurysm. These straightforward routines can help you reduce your risk:
Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment options vary depending on the size of your aneurysm and where it is in your body.
Treatment is typically necessary for aortic aneurysms larger than two inches and aneurysms that are growing quickly.
Treatment for a thoracic aneurysm (one that occurs in your chest) is more likely than for an aortic aneurysm in your abdomen. Abdominal aortic aneurysms may not require treatment at all if they are small. They may be simply monitored for any changes in size.
Aortic aneurysm treatments include:
For a leaking or ruptured aortic aneurysm, emergency surgery is necessary. For an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you may be able to take a wait-and-see approach.
At Dignity Health Southern California, your doctor will guide you through the information you need to understand your condition and the benefits and risks of your treatment options. Reach out to one of our experts today.
Dedicated Dignity Health doctors provide comprehensive, personalized aortic aneurysm treatment in Southern California.