An aneurysm occurs when a weakened area of an artery wall begins to bulge. Depending on the size and location of the defect, you may need urgent care to address this sometimes life-threatening condition. At their offices in New Hyde Park on Long Island, and Forest Hills, Rochdale, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, the top-rated cardiac specialists at Premier Cardiology Consultants can help. For all your cardiac care, call today to schedule a visit or book an appointment online.
An aneurysm is caused by a weakened area in an artery wall that causes the vessel to bulge or widen abnormally.
An aneurysm can occur anywhere but often affects the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart. The weakened area can become so fragile that it breaks or ruptures. This can lead to serious complications, including internal bleeding and death.
The aorta is the artery that carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the legs. When the artery bulges in the abdominal section, between the diaphragm and the legs, it’s identified as an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
Most aortic aneurysms occur in the abdomen and most AAAs are located under the kidneys but may expand into the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood to your lower extremities.
Other common aneurysms include:
Not all aneurysms rupture. It’s imperative, however, that once diagnosed, you see a specialist for careful monitoring of the size and characteristics of an aneurysm.
Unfortunately, because they typically develop slowly over many years, you may not notice any symptoms until an aneurysm ruptures.
If your aneurysm occurs near the surface, you may notice pain, swelling, and a visible throbbing mass at the site. Other symptoms of a rapidly worsening or ruptured aneurysm include:
A ruptured aneurysm is considered a medical emergency and warrants a call to 911.
Depending on the size and location of the defect, your specialist may recommend a period of watchful waiting with close monitoring to identify any concerning changes.
An aortic aneurysm can also be treated via stent placement to reinforce and strengthen the artery walls with the goal of preventing a rupture. If necessary, your specialist may recommend open surgery and grafting to repair the bulging artery.
Schedule a visit at Premier Cardiology Consultants today for expert diagnosis and treatment for an aortic aneurysm. Call or book online.