Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection - Diagnosis & Treatment

How are aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection treated?

Aortic aneurysm:

  • If you have no symptoms and your aneurysm is small, your doctor can suggest a “watch-and-wait” approach. This means regular monitoring of the size of your aneurysm using regular imaging tests.
  • If your aneurysm is big enough or if it is growing more than 1cm a year, your doctor may recommend aortic surgery.

Aortic dissection:

  • Oral and intravenous (injected) medications may be administered to control your blood pressure and heart rate while the aorta heals.
  • There may be permanent monitoring of the diameter of the aorta to prevent enlargement or rupture of the aorta.
  • If your dissection is affecting the first part of the aorta, your doctor will suggest surgery because heart and brain arteries may be at risk.
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