Aneurysms develop in an artery, causing an abnormal ballooning that can burst and leading to a life-threatening situation. Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the team at Genesis Heart & Vascular Associates in Jefferson City, and Newport, Tennessee, understand the dangers of aneurysms and offer testing and treatment to reduce complications. To schedule an aneurysm evaluation at the interventional cardiology practice, call or book an appointment online today.
Aneurysms are conditions that affect the arteries, causing an area of bulging or ballooning in a weakened part of the artery wall. If the aneurysm gets too big, it can burst and cause life-threatening internal bleeding.
The cause of an aneurysm isn’t always clear. Some people are more prone to aneurysms because of genetics, while others are born with them. Aneurysms may also develop from an injury or an aortic heart valve disorder.
The location of your aneurysm determines the type. Common types include:
AAA is a bulging or ballooning in the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from your heart through the abdomen and to the rest of your body. A ruptured AAA is a medical emergency.
Cerebral aneurysms affect the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain. A family history of aneurysms puts you at greater risk of developing this type.
A thoracic aortic aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning of the part of the aorta that runs down the chest to the diaphragm. A history of atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque along artery walls) is a risk factor for this type of aneurysm.
If you have a family history of an aneurysm or concerning symptoms, you should schedule an evaluation at Genesis Heart & Vascular Associates. Aneurysm symptoms vary depending on the location of the ballooning. Common symptoms include:
During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and your medical and family histories. They perform a physical exam and then do vascular ultrasound testing.
The vascular ultrasound creates images of your blood vessels, helping the team confirm or rule out an aneurysm and determine its location and size.
Treatment for aneurysms depends on its size. If you have a small aneurysm, the team at Genesis Heart & Vascular Associates may recommend regular vascular ultrasound testing to monitor growth.
If you have a larger aneurysm that’s at risk of rupturing, the team may recommend placing a stent at the site of your aneurysm to reinforce the wall. They may suggest a clip or coiling procedure if your aneurysm balloons out.
Are you concerned about aneurysms because of your family history? Call Genesis Heart & Vascular Associates or schedule a consultation online today.