Aortic Aneurysm (cont.)
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Can an aortic aneurysm be prevented?
No medicine can prevent an aortic aneurysm. However, measures can be taken that will help keep blood vessels healthy and strong.
If a person is found to have an aortic aneurysm less than 5 cm in size, it should be watched carefully by their primary care doctor. Regular ultrasound examinations will detect any growth or other changes in the aneurysm.
Some experts recommend screening for all individuals older than 55 years.
What is the outlook for a person that has an aortic aneurysm?
With prompt diagnosis and proper surgical treatment, most people recover fully.
Treatment usually requires minimal alteration of lifestyle, although recommendations to avoid dietary fat and smoking and to control blood pressure may allow patients to prevent further damage to their blood vessels.
Because these conditions most often occur in elderly people with other medical conditions, recovery can be prolonged and difficult.
Complications of untreated aortic aneurysm include the following:
Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2016
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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