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Aortic Aneurysm

Suprarenal Aneurysm

An aneurysm that occurs in the portion of the aorta just above the kidneys.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Also called familial TAAD, familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection is a disorder in which the aorta may dilate, leading to an aneurysm or dissection.

Familial TAAD is associated with a number of gene mutations, including the ACTA2 and TGFBR2genes, meaning that the disorder can be inherited. If other members of your family have the disorder, your risk is higher.

Learn more: U.S. National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference

Anaortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel, usually as the result of a weakened area. It is possible to develop an aneurysm in any portion of the aorta, but most occur in the infrarenal abdominal aorta, the part of the aorta below the renal arteries (near the kidneys).

An aneurysm can lead to a rupture or tear in the wall of the blood vessel, resulting in life-threatening bleeding. A tear in the aorta is known as an aortic dissection.

The first sign that an aneurysm is present may be pain due to either a rupture or dissection. Either of these circumstances can result in a life-threatening situation and must be carefully monitored.

Aneurysms commonly do not present symptoms until they develop into a rupture or dissection, but there are certain traits and lifestyles that may put you at a higher risk.

Risk factors for aortic aneurysms include the following:

  • Age: Being 65 years of age or older increases your risk for an aortic aneurysm.
  • High blood pressure: This risk factor increases your chances of developing an aneurysm because high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels. Weakening the blood vessels puts you at risk for weak points in the aorta that may develop into tears (dissections).
  • Atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, which can in turn damage the blood vessels.
  • Certain conditions such as Marfan syndrome or other connective tissue disorders.
  • Family history of aneurysm.
  • Tobacco: Chewing or smoking tobacco increases your risk of aortic aneurysm.

Each patient is different, so we tailor our recommendations based on your individual medical history, family history and genetic profile. Please contact us at 844-44-AORTA to learn more.

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