Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Our expert Heart & Vascular Care physicians will help you from screening to diagnosis to treatment

You have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when the walls of your aorta, the main artery running from your heart down into your pelvis and legs, become weakened. The walls begin to bulge outward due to the constant pressure of blood pushing through the artery.

Over time, the aneurysm will slowly bulge further, putting you at risk of the artery rupturing. Ruptured aneurysms are life-threatening. 

Indiana University Health physicians will provide you with expert treatment, personalized to fit your specific needs and condition. 

Screenings

Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur most often in older men who have smoked during their lifetime. Our physicians suggest an aneurysm screening for men between ages 65 and 75 who have smoked. Screenings involve noninvasive imaging procedures, most often an ultrasound, to identify any bulges in the artery.

Diagnosis

Indiana University Health physicians will provide you with expert treatment, personalized to fit your specific needs and condition. 

Screenings

Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur most often in older men who have smoked during their lifetime. Our physicians suggest an aneurysm screening for men between ages 65 and 75 who have smoked. Screenings involve noninvasive imaging procedures, most often an ultrasound, to identify any bulges in the artery.

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians will use the latest minimally invasive procedures to repair aneurysms and protect you against a future rupture. 

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

If your physician diagnoses your aneurysm early, you may decide to wait on surgery and monitor it instead. If you choose this course, you will schedule an ultrasound every six months to a year to see if it 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:

  • Education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Ultrasound screenings
  • Cardiac catheterization

Treatment

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians will use the latest minimally invasive procedures to repair aneurysms and protect you against a future rupture. 

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

If your physician diagnoses your aneurysm early, you may decide to wait on surgery and monitor it instead. If you choose this course, you will schedule an ultrasound every six months to a year to see if it 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:

  • Education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Ultrasound screenings
  • Cardiac catheterization

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