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How is an aortic aneurysm fixed?

Dr. Mark J. Russo, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Treatment options for an aortic aneurysm may include one or more of the following:

  • Controlling or modifying risk factors: steps such as quitting smoking, controlling blood sugar if diabetic, losing weight if overweight or obese and controlling dietary fat intake may help to slow the progression of the aneurysm
  • Medication: to control factors such as hyperlipidemia (elevated levels of fats in the blood) and/or high blood pressure
  • Surgery: the diseased area of the aorta if replaced with a fabric graft
  • Stent graft or endograft: used to treat aneurysms of the descending and abdominal aneurysm; it is comprised of a layer of impermeable reinforcement material enclosed by a self-expanding metal support mesh and is placed across the aneurysm site 

Specific treatment will be determined by your physician based on: age, overall health and medical history; size, location and extent of the disease; signs and symptoms; tolerance of specific medications, procedures or therapies; expectations for the course of the disease; and preference.

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