Aortic Aneurysm Care
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.
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.
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