Weak or damaged tissue can lead to an aneurysm, which is the general term for a balloon-shaped bulge in an artery wall. Arteries are the vessels that transport blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
An aortic aneurysm is a type of aneurysm that forms in your aorta, your body’s largest artery. Your aorta is about a foot long and extends from your heart down through the center of your body.
Aortic aneurysms are the most common type of aneurysm, and also the most dangerous. Untreated aneurysms can cause your aorta to tear – posing a life-threatening medical emergency.
Causes of, symptoms of and treatment for aortic aneurysms vary by their type. Aortic aneurysms include:
Doctors throughout Wisconsin and Illinois refer patients to Aurora for aortic aneurysm treatment, for good reason:
It’s critical to catch and treat aneurysms as quickly as possible. Aortic aneurysms are especially dangerous because they can cause your aorta (your body’s main artery) to rupture.
We can detect aortic aneurysms with one or more tests:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
You may not need treatment for small aneurysms that don’t have symptoms.
However, if your aneurysm is larger or causing symptoms, your doctor may recommend: