What is an aneurysm?
An aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation of the wall of a blood vessel that is 50% greater than the artery’s normal diameter (width). An aneurysm may be located in many areas of the body, such as the blood vessels of the brain, the aorta (the largest artery in the body), the intestines, the kidneys, the spleen, and the vessels in the legs.
What are the causes of aortic root aneurysms?
Causes of aortic root aneuryms may include, but are not limited to, the following:
What is an enlarged aorta?
An enlarged aorta is also known as an aortic aneurysm…
What is transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)?
TAVI also known as transcatheter aortic valve reimplantation (TAVR)…
Can I exercise if I have an enlarged aorta, aortic aneurysm, or chronic dissection?
Though some types of exercise should be avoided, exercise is generally encouraged…
Who should be screened for an aortic aneurysm?
Most people with aortic aneurysms experience no symptoms…
How are aneurysms diagnosed?
For most people, their aortic condition is discovered incidentally while being tested for other reasons. For patients suspected to have aortic disease, selection of a type of diagnostic examination is related to the location of the aneurysm. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for an aneurysm may include any, or a combination, of the following: