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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the walls of the aorta, the main artery running from your heart down into your pelvis and legs, become weakened. The walls begin to bulge outwards due to the constant pressure of blood being pushed through the artery. Over time, the aneurysm will slowly bulge further and further, putting you at a higher risk of the artery rupturing. If the artery does rupture, it is a life-threatening emergency.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur most often in older men who have smoked during their lifetime. Men between ages 65 and 75 who have smoked should be screened at least once for an aneurysm. Screenings involve noninvasive imaging procedures, most often an ultrasound, which identifies any bulges in the artery.

If you are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians provide you with expert treatment options that are personalized to fit your needs and condition. Using the latest minimally invasive procedures, our physicians repair the aneurysm, protecting you against a future rupture.

Our physicians are experts in the treatment of cardiovascular conditions, including aneurysms. IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians offer high quality, comprehensive care and helpful resources focused on keeping your heart strong through preventive care and minimally invasive procedures. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Treatment Information

If you are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm during a screening, you may need surgery to repair the aneurysm. In most cases, Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians can perform an advanced minimally invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair.

During the procedure, a small incision is made in your groin. Using X-ray imaging, a physician guides a small stent through the artery in your groin up to the weakened area. A stent is a mesh wire tube that helps to keep the artery open and strong.

Endovascular aneurysm repair has a quick recovery time and lower risks than traditional open surgery. It is a lifesaving procedure that will prevent the artery from rupturing.

If your aneurysm is diagnosed when it is still small, you and your physician may decide to wait on surgery and to monitor the aneurysm instead. If this is the course you choose, you will visit your physicians every six months to a year for an ultrasound to see if the aneurysm has grown. If the aneurysm grows too large, you may undergo endovascular aneurysm repair at that time.

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians treat and monitor abdominal aortic aneurysms with the following services:

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening condition that can be diagnosed early. Learn more about this condition and its risks at the resources below.