Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
An abnormal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when there is a bulging or weakened
area in the wall of the aorta, resulting in abnormal ballooning or widening.
While many individuals may not initially be aware of the condition, symptoms
such as a pulsing feeling in the abdomen or severe pain in the abdomen
or lower back may present themselves. As the aneurysm grows in size and
weakens the artery wall, the risk of rupture, life-threatening hemorrhages,
and even death become more severe. When this occurs, it may be necessary
to obtain surgical intervention and fix the problem.
Some of the benefits of AAA surgery include:
- Preventing the risk of a rupture
- Restoring normal blood flow
- Preventing a life-threatening hemorrhage
- Relieving painful symptoms
Causes of AAA
The aneurysm is likely caused by an inflammation in the aorta, which weakens
and breaks down the heart wall. Individuals who have atherosclerosis—a hardening of the arteries—may be at risk. Fatty deposits of plaque buildup in the artery are a common
cause of AAA, causing the artery to narrow, stiffen, or weaken. In addition
to this, having a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, high blood
pressure, and being a smoker are also considered risk factors.
Help Reduce Your Painful & Life-Threatening Symptoms
If you believe that you may have an AAA, it is crucial to see a physician
as soon as possible and have testing done. For patients that have confirmed
a case of abdominal aortic aneurysm with a high risk of rupture, our professional
team of Los Angeles cardiovascular surgeons at the office of Azmi Atiya
MD are well-prepared to provide an operation that is likely to reduce
painful symptoms and significantly reduce the risk of life-threatening
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