Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery in Los Angeles

What Is a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

A thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) occurs when there is an abnormal widening or ballooning of the aorta, the body's largest artery that passes through the chest. This expansion occurs due to muscle weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. If the aneurysm is big enough, it may run the risk of rupturing and causing life-threatening complications that require medical attention in the form of prompt surgery.

Causes & Common Symptoms

There are numerous causes of a TAA, but the most common is the hardening of the arteries in individuals with a condition called atherosclerosis. This condition is often present in people who smoke, have high cholesterol, or have high blood pressure. In addition to those with atherosclerosis, other risk factors include aging, certain connective tissue disorders, aorta inflammation, syphilis, and other traumatic chest injuries. Because a TAA develops slowly over many years, many will not experience symptoms until the aneurysm begins to grow, leak, or rupture, and requires quick and precise medical treatment.

Some of the common symptoms of a TAA are:

  • Problems with swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • High-pitched breathing, known as stridor
  • Swelling in the neck area
  • Severe pain in the chest or upper back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Clammy skin

Helping Prevent Serious Medical Complications

If you have reason to believe that you are suffering from a TAA, it is essential that you seek medical care immediately. Dr. Azmi Atiya MD, our Los Angeles cardiovascular surgeon, is equipped to repair your thoracic aortic aneurysm to help prevent the risk of serious complications in the future. His goal is to allow you to return not just to your regular life, but to a better quality of life.

For more information and to schedule a consultation, call our office at (818) 561-7426 today.


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