An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition in which the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood to the body, becomes enlarged and pushes against the wall in your abdomen, creating an abdominal bulge. If an aortic aneurysm becomes weak to the point where the internal layers of the aorta separate or burst, it can become a life-threatening situation requiring immediate medical attention.
Because abdominal aortic aneurysms develop gradually over time, most people don’t experience noticeable symptoms until a medical emergency occurs.
If an aneurysm bursts or leaks, you may have the following symptoms:
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is caused by weakness in your artery wall. Over a period of time, pressure on your artery wall causes the weak area to expand and bulge out.
Risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysms include:
Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk factors. Regular physical exams can help diagnose potentially high risk conditions before they lead to further complications.
At Riverview Health, you’ll partner with an experienced cardiologist or vascular surgeon who will evaluate your symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your health needs. Your treatment will depend on the location and size of the abdominal bulge. Surgery may be necessary if the aneurysm is large or growing quickly. Ruptured thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms are life-threatening and require immediate surgery.
Take a step toward a healthier life with a $79 vascular screening package at Riverview Health. This package includes a carotid artery screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and an ankle brachial index test. Though this package doesn’t require a doctor’s order, you must meet specific criteria. To see if you qualify and to request an appointment, call 317.776.7247 or complete our online form.
Riverview Health evaluates and treats a wide array of vascular conditions for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.