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How is an aortic aneurysm treated?
Surgery or a procedure may be done to repair an aortic aneurysm.
- Aortic aneurysms that are large, causing symptoms, or getting larger quickly are considered at risk of bursting (rupturing). Repair is usually recommended.
- Small aneurysms rarely rupture. So in general, the risks of surgery to repair smaller aneurysms outweigh the possible benefits.
Treatment for large or fast-growing aneurysms
Repair is typically recommended for abdominal aortic aneurysms that are large, are causing symptoms, or are growing quickly. A doctor will repair the damaged part of the blood vessel during open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
Treatment for small aneurysms
Small aneurysms are not usually treated.
You will have routine ultrasound tests to check the size of the aneurysm and see how fast it is growing.
Even if your aneurysm doesn't grow fast or rupture, you may be at risk for heart problems. So your doctor may suggest healthy lifestyle changes. He or she may also prescribe medicines to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- If you smoke, try to quit. Medicines and counseling can help you quit for good.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. Try to do activities that raise your heart rate.
- Follow a heart-healthy diet.
- Limit alcohol.
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