24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825

Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Tiny Self-Guided Robot Navigates Through the HeartE. Coli Outbreak Tied to Ground Beef Expands to 10 StatesHealth Tip: AppendectomyFatal Medical Emergencies on the Rise Worldwide: StudyAsthma Myths That Can Hurt YouCan Obesity Shrink Your Brain?Health Tip: Understanding Kidney StonesEverything You Need to Know About Lyme DiseaseThe Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory DietYou Can Cut Your Odds for an Aortic AneurysmAHA News: Evidence Grows for an HPV-Heart Disease ConnectionStrict Blood Pressure Limits for Kids Tied to Heart Health LaterAlmost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers'Superbugs' Hang Out on Hospital PatientsHealth Tip: Understanding the Tetanus ShotHealth Tip: Earache Home CareListeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats, Cheeses in 4 StatesWill You Get Fat? Genetic Test May TellFood Allergies Can Strike at Any AgeWhy a Knee Replacement Can Go BadExperimental Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Stroke, Without the Bleeding RiskBuyer Beware When Purchasing Medical Test StripsEgg Allergy? Don't Let That Stop You From Getting VaccinatedGene Therapy Might Prove a Cure for 'Bubble Boy' DiseaseTwo Lives Saved in Rare 'Paired' Liver DonationYour Life Span May Be Foretold in Your Heart BeatsHealth Tip: Stopping NosebleedsKids Can Get UTIs, TooIs a New Remedy for Body Odor on the Horizon?Why More Patients Are Surviving an AneurysmCommon Diabetes Drug May Also Shield Kidneys, HeartIsraeli Team Announces First 3D-Printed Heart Using Human Cells'Added Sugars' Label on Foods Could Save Many LivesCPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: StudyYoung Athletes Need to Be Sidelined After Bout of MonoPre-Cut Melons at Kroger, Walmart, Other Stores May Carry SalmonellaCDC Says Ground Beef Is Source of E. coli Outbreak, Cases Rise to 109AHA News: Is Yoga Heart-Healthy? It's No Stretch to See Benefits, Science SuggestsFDA Orders Label Warning on Alcohol Use With 'Female Viagra'Could Treating Gut Bacteria Help Ease Autism Symptoms?Hospital Privacy Curtains Could Be Breeding Ground for GermsItchy Skin Common Alongside Kidney DiseaseMany Misdiagnosed With MSVehicle Exhaust Drives Millions of New Asthma Cases AnnuallyNFL Retirees Help Scientists Develop Early Test for Brain Condition CTEMigraine Pain Linked to Raised Suicide RiskMore Time Spent in Sports, Faster Healing From ConcussionHealth Tip: Thermometer OptionsStill No Source as E. Coli Outbreak Grows to 96 Cases Across 5 States: CDCClimate Change Could Worsen Sneezin' Season
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

Diabetes

Why More Patients Are Surviving an Aneurysm

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Apr 15th 2019

new article illustration

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New treatments mean aneurysms are no longer an automatic death sentence, specialists say.

Aneurysms are a weakening or bulging of blood vessels that can rupture and become life-threatening. They can occur anywhere in the body, but are most common in the brain, or in the main blood vessels that lead to the heart, legs and arms.

Aneurysms used to carry a high probability of death, but many can now be treated before they pose a serious threat.

"If detected early, there are new interventions like a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure to treat the condition," said Dr. Ali Azizzadeh. He is director of vascular surgery at Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Doctors used to have to fix a blood vessel by hand, which meant open surgery and the risks that go along with it. "Today, we can fix the problem from the inside, without always having to open up the patient," Azizzadeh said in a hospital news release.

Roxanne Hanks, 61, of Simi Valley, Calif., is living proof of that progress.

"I was healthy, I exercised and still worked full-time," she said in the release. "But I often felt lightheaded and short of breath from minor exertion, like walking a flight of stairs. I was insistent that my doctors keep searching for the answer."

After months of tests and doctor visits, she was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm and sought treatment at Smidt Heart Institute.

Hanks' case was complex. First, she needed open heart surgery to repair the front part of her aorta. Two months later, she had her final, minimally invasive surgery.

Hanks said she is "back to work, back to exercising and living a fulfilling, great life."

Early detection is key to successful treatment of an aneurysm, Azizzadeh said. If you have unexplained pain, coupled with any risk factor, it's important to talk to your doctor and mention aneurysms, he advised.

Risk factors include family history, smoking, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Some aneurysms can cause pain, but most cause no symptoms.

Thoracic (chest-area) aortic aneurysms affect about 15,000 Americans each year and are the 13th leading cause of death, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

"Listen to your body," Hanks said. "I knew something was wrong, but I kept searching."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on aneurysms.