Aortic Aneurysm: Screening and Treatment

If the aneurysm ruptures—which can happen due to the pressure that is exerted on it by normal blood flow—extensive bleeding in the abdominal cavity follows.

Aortic aneurysm is a contributing cause in about 20,000 deaths per year in the U.S., and the primary cause in more than 10,000. If you’re diagnosed with the condition, surgery can repair it—options include traditional “open” surgery, or a minimally invasive approach. A 2015 study suggests that while mortality is higher with the former, people […]

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