What are the symptoms of a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA)?

Often, thoracic aortic aneurysms do not cause any symptoms because they usually develop slowly over time. However, if the aneurysm is big enough to put pressure on surrounding structures within the chest, symptoms may include:
  • hoarseness
  • trouble swallowing
  • swelling in the neck
  • pain in the chest or upper back
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid heart rate
This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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