An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a widening of the lower portion of the aorta, a major artery in the body. The aorta leads from the heart, and extends down through the chest and abdomen. An aneurysm, which is a bulging of the artery due to weakness of the artery wall, can rupture and cause significant internal bleeding which is a life-threatening emergency.
Risk factors of AAA include high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Smoking and increased age are also risk factors.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are usually asymptomatic. A doctor may pick up signs of an aneurysm on a physical exam or on an imaging study. When an aneurysm ruptures, a patient may feel severe abdominal pain, dizziness, sweatiness, and nausea. Without immediate medical attention, this an abdominal aortic aneurysm can lead to death.
From AAA diagnosis to surgical intervention, our vascular surgeons at Sound Vascular & Vein have the experience, expertise and commitment to high quality patient care.