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Thoracic Aneurysm Treatment Information
If an aneurysm is small, you and your physician may decide to treat the aneurysm with lifestyle changes and watchful waiting. During this course of treatment, you will see your physician every six months to a year to watch if the aneurysm grows. If the aneurysm does grow too large, you will undergo surgery.
However, if the aneurysm is already large, you could be scheduled for surgery quickly after diagnosis. Surgeries for most thoracic aneurysms are minimally invasive, meaning lower risks and a quicker recovery time for you.
IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians offer the following treatment options:
- Education. Making lifestyle changes like eating healthier and exercising slows the growth of aneurysms and improves your heart health.
- Watchful waiting. Our physicians monitor your aneurysm for growth or changes that indicate surgery is necessary.
- Open repair of thoracic aneurysms. For some large or difficult aneurysms, open heart surgery is required to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing.
- Endovascular aneurysm repair. During this procedure, a physician makes a tiny incision in your groin that allows them to guide a stent, a mesh wire tube, into the aneurysm. This prevents the walls of the artery from weakening.
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Thoracic Aneurysm Support Services
If you have been diagnosed with a thoracic aneurysm, learn more about your condition at the reputable sites below.
A Sampling of Thoracic Aneurysm Support Services
American Heart Association
This site discusses the causes of thoracic aortic aneurysm and what you can do to lower your risk.
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
This website features information on the different types of aneurysms and what puts you at risk for developing them.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
This website provides in-depth information on aortic aneurysms and their treatments.