Aortic Aneurysm (cont.)
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Aortic Aneurysm Prognosis
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 12/10/2015
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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