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Thoracic Aneurysm

Thoracic aneurysms are bulges in the walls of the upper part of your aorta, the largest artery in your body, which runs from your heart to your pelvis. As these walls become weakened, they become more likely to rupture, which is a life-threatening emergency.

Thoracic aneurysms have a variety of causes, from genetics to heart disease to smoking. While some people may not show symptoms, others may experience chest, back or jaw pain; trouble swallowing; hoarseness; or trouble breathing depending on the location and size of the aneurysm.

Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians provide lifesaving diagnosis and treatment of thoracic aneurysms. Our physicians develop a treatment plan based on your individual case and needs, taking into account the size of your aneurysm, your age and your lifestyle.

If you have signs of an aneurysm or have been diagnosed with an aneurysm, speak to your physician about your healthcare options.

We know that no two patients are alike and we will work with you to develop a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons offer expert, lifesaving care to more patients than any other health system in Indiana. We focus on improving your heart health through prevention, education and the latest treatments so that you do not miss a beat.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

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:

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