UConn Health Minute: Aneurysm Awareness

UConn Health Minute: Aneurysm Awareness


The abdominal aorta is that big vessel that
supplies blood to the different organs. Over time it can become like a balloon, and
that’s when we call it an aneurysm. An aneurysm can go on to sometimes leak, or
rupture, and that becomes a medical emergency. Some of the warning signs may be subtle—abdominal
pain that radiates to the back, or it can radiate down into the pelvis area. Screening for aneurysm is recommended for
any male between the ages of 65 to 75 that either has a family history of aneurysms or
a history of smoking. The screening is usually done
by ultrasound or CAT scan. Sometimes it’s seen by
a simple abdominal x-ray. If it’s detected, you usually
have two treatment options. The open is traditional, where we open you up
and replace the aorta with a graft. Then there’s the endovascular, which is minimally
invasive, and it uses a stent. The advantage of the stent is that obviously
you can have a shorter recovery time.

Daniel Yohans

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