The word thoracic aortic aneurysm is also referred to as thoracic aneurysm and aortic dissection that leads to a tear in the artery wall and causes fatal and threatening bleeding. The problem would start suddenly with sudden hoarseness in the throat, back pain, shortness of breath and also acute coughing. They can happen anywhere along the aorta.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of this problem is done by tests like Echocardiogram, MRI or even X-ray and CT scan to check for the tear along the aorta.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM TREATED?
There is a risk that the aneurysm may open up (rupture) if you do not have surgery to repair it. The treatment depends on the location of the aneurysm. The aorta is made of three parts:
• The first part moves upward toward the head. It is called the ascending aorta.
• The middle part is curved. It is called the aortic arch.
• The last part moves downward, toward the feet. It is called the descending aorta.
Major surgery is done to replace the aorta with a fabric graft if the aneurysm is larger than 6 centimeters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Serious complications after aortic surgery can include:
• Graft infection
• Heart attack
• Irregular heartbeat
• Kidney damage