Friday, 12 May 2017


Aortic aneurysm is an irregularity occurring in the aorta blood vessel which carries blood rich in oxygen from the heart to other parts of the body. The irregularity occurs in the form of bulge in the aorta. The bulge if burst can lead to excessive bleeding causing threat to life. Sever and rapidly growing cases of aortic aneurysm is treated with the help of aortic aneurysm surgeries.
Although aneurysm can occur in any part of the aorta, the most commonly found aortic aneurysm occurs in the stomach area or in the upper part of the body. They are known as abdominal aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic aneurysm respectively.

Symptoms Of Aortic Aneurysm

Usual cases of aortic aneurysm do not show any symptoms. However some symptoms like back, chest or abdominal pain is some times reported in patients. Rupture of aneurysm, which is a risky and life threatening condition causes severe pain and bleeding.

Causes Of Aortic Aneurysm

Aorta walls are known to have elastic and stretchable properties. Conditions like artery hardening of high blood pressure result in weakening of aorta. Wear and tear due to aging can also contribute to the weakening process. The weakened aorta shrinks or bulges out leading aortic aneurysm.

Aortic AneurysmTreatment

Severe cases of aortic aneurysm are treated with the help of surgeries. The popular surgery used for the treatment of aortic aneurysm is endovascular surgery. The procedure maybe conducted under general anaesthesia and involves making incisions near the groin area to access the femoral artery.

A stent in the form of a metal loop and an artificial graft are inserted into the artery and the aneurysm is made to contract over it. Endovascular surgery guarantees lesser pain and faster recovery than the conventional open surgery. A hospitalisation period of about 5 days is required after the surgery.

Dr. Kuldeep Chulliparambil is a leading cardiac surgeon, with a wealth of experience in treating different types of cardiac disorders.

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