Aortic Aneurysms in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats aortic aneurysms for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
The aorta is the primary artery of your body that carries blood from your heart to your body. When the aorta develops a bulge, the condition is known as an “aortic aneurysm.” If the aneurysm if left untreated and bursts, serious, and typically fatal, bleeding occurs. Aortic aneurysms are most common in the abdomen, and these aneurysms are known as “abdominal aortic aneurysms.” Aneurysms may also happen in the upper body, and these are known as “thoracic aortic aneurysms.”
High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, known as “atherosclerosis,” causes the normally elastic walls of the aorta to weaken. As you age, the weak area begins to stretch, and eventually the walls of the aorta bulge outward.
Am I at Risk for Aortic Aneurysms?
Vanguard Vascular & Vein recommends aortic aneurysm screenings for men who are
- 65 to 75 with a history of smoking
- 60 years of age with an immediate family member who has had an aneurysm, such as a mother, father, brother, or sister
Other risk factors for aortic aneurysms include the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries
- Marfan syndrome
Men who have never smoked and women have a lower risk for developing aneurysms, but should be screened if they have a family history, or are experiencing symptoms that are related to aortic aneurysms.
What Are the Symptoms of Aortic Aneurysms?
As with many vascular conditions, aortic aneurysms do not always cause symptoms. Our patients who are diagnosed with aortic aneurysms may complain of discomfort or pain in the chest, back, or abdomen. These symptoms can be ongoing or intermittent. When the aortic aneurysm bursts, symptoms are more significant and include severe pain and bleeding, and death may occur within minutes. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe pain or bleeding, get medical attention immediately.
How Does the Vanguard Way Help Me with Aortic Aneurysms?
Vanguard Vascular & Vein works with you to help you understand the cause of aortic aneurysms so that you are able to make an informed decision about your treatment. Your physician may recommend an aortic artery duplex ultrasound to detect an aortic aneurysm. Smaller aortic aneurysms typically require only regular monitoring. Larger aortic aneurysms are typically treated through surgery. Your surgical plan depends on the extent of the aneurysm and may include open repair to remove the damaged section of the aorta or a less-invasive procedure known as “endovascular stent grafting.”
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.