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Aortic Aneurysm Care

Aortic Aneurysm When your doctor discovers an aortic aneurysm—a weak, overstretched area of your body’s main artery—you want to expert care that reduces your risk of a life-threatening rupture.

How Is Aortic Aneurysm Diagnosed?

Most aortic aneurysms don’t cause symptoms until they burst. Your doctor may notice an aneurysm during an exam that’s done for another reason, or he or she may detect it during a screening test.

Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Cone Health doctors determine the exact location, size and severity of an aneurysm using advanced imaging technology, such as:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Computed tomography angiogram (CTA)
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)

Multidisciplinary Aneurysm Care

Choose Cone Health for top-quality, coordinated care for aortic aneurysms—especially those in the belly (abdominal aortic aneurysm) or chest (thoracic aortic aneurysm). Your team includes heart surgeons, vascular surgeons and other specialists who work together to provide coordinated, personalized care for your unique situation.

Nurse Navigator

At the Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center, count on our dedicated nurse navigator to:

  • Help you understand your condition and treatment options
  • Answer your questions
  • Be your advocate
  • Coordinate appointments with your surgical specialists

Aortic Aneurysm Treatments

Partner with your care team at Cone Health to create a customized, proactive care plan to protect your health and well-being.

Medications & Monitoring

If your aneurysm is small and not causing symptoms, your doctor may recommend medications paired with regular check-ups to monitor your condition. Your care plan could include lifestyle modifications, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising and quitting smoking.

Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair

If your aneurysm is growing rapidly or causing pain or other symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. Whenever possible, Cone Health vascular surgeons use a minimally invasive endovascular repair procedure. That means you benefit from less pain and scarring, a lower risk of complications, and a quicker recovery.

Learn more about heart and vascular surgery at Cone Health.

Five-Star Care

Trust Cone Health for top-quality aneurysm treatment. In 2016, Healthgrades® awarded us five stars—its highest ranking—for carotid artery surgery (Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital) and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (Alamance Regional Medical Center).

Emergency Care for Aneurysm Rupture

Call 9-1-1 right away if you or a loved one experience signs of an aortic aneurysm rupture:

  • Pain in your back or belly
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Clammy skin

Find a Heart & Vascular Specialist

View our provider directory to find a cardiologist or vascular specialists near you.