Advertisement

What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a ballooning out of a blood vessel in the chest region.

Thoracic aortic aneurysm, or TAA, is an abnormal widening of a part of the thoracic aorta. The thoracic aorta is the large artery (blood vessel) that comes from the heart and extends down the center of your chest. It contains blood with oxygen that goes to the rest of the body. TAA occurs when weak spots in the walls of the blood vessel are present. It commonly forms in the first part of the thoracic aorta but may happen in other parts of the blood vessel.

Continue Learning about Aneurysms

Aneurysms: Deadly but Preventable
Aneurysms: Deadly but Preventable
We rely on our arteries to carry oxygen-rich blood to all the organs, muscles and tissues of the body. Every beat of the heart sends more blood throug...
Read More
What are the complications during and after endovascular surgery?
Dr. Michael L. Schwartz, MDDr. Michael L. Schwartz, MD
There are very few complications during and after endovascular surgery. Endovascular surgery is a "m...
More Answers
What is the recovery time from valve sparing aneurysm repair?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
The operating takes 3-3.5 hours in total and after surgery the patient typically is in the intensive...
More Answers
What can I expect after endovascular surgery?
Methodist Specialty and Transplant HospitalMethodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
Most patients recover quickly from endovascular surgery—in most cases, remaining in the hospital for...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.