Basic Aneurysm Guideline

An aneurysm is an excessive and pathological increase in the diameter of the arteries. Aneurysms of the ascending aorta (the aorta that arises from the heart) are operated on by cardiac surgeons.

In most cases, the cause of an aneurysm is unknown, although some factors have been linked to aneurysms, such as high blood pressure and family history.

Symptoms of aneurysm

In many cases, the aneurysm does not give symptoms and are discovered by chance when performing an imaging test for any other reason. In the case of ascending aortic aneurysms it is very typical that they do not give any symptoms.

Treatment of the aneurysm

The most effective solution to eradicate the problem is to remove the aneurysm and replace the artery with a prosthetic tube.

The reason for this is that as the diameter of the aneurysm increases, the risk of rupture increases, a situation of external severity when it occurs. From 45 mm in diameter of ascending aorta should consult a cardiac surgeon for close monitoring of your aneurysm.

In general, surgical intervention should be considered from 50-55 mm in diameter of ascending aorta depending on other associated factors such as family history, collagen tissue diseases or presence of bicuspid aortic valve among others.

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