A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a weakened area in the upper part of the aorta, the blood vessel which carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The condition can cause a tear in the artery wall leading to life threatening bleeding. The condition does not show any prominent symptoms initially. As the condition becomes more severe, people may notice tenderness, back ache, hoarseness in voice, cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM DIAGNOSED?
The condition is usually diagnosed by a general physician during routine medical tests such as chest x-ray or ultrasound of the heart. An echocardiogram and a CT scan will be needed for definitive diagnosis. Genetic testing is recommended with family history of this condition.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM TREATED?
The treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm involves two types of corrective surgery namely opens surgery and endovascular surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
The complication of aortic aneurysms involves the risk of blood clots. Small blood clots can develop in the area of the aortic aneurysm. If a blood clot breaks loose from the inside wall of an aneurysm, it can block a blood vessel elsewhere in your body, possibly causing serious complications.