Overview of Aortic Aneurysm
An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel. An aneurysm may occur in any blood vessel, but most often develops in an artery rather than a vein. The most common location of an aneurysm is the aorta, which carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the body.
Aortic Aneurysm Treatment
Because an aneurysm may continue to increase in size, along with weakening of the artery wall, treatment is required to prevent rupture. With rupture, life-threatening hemorrhage is possible, so it is important to have a known aneurysm carefully monitored by your Baylor Scott & White team.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of aneurysm and personal preferences. Options may include:
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Aneurysm Care
The Center for Aortic Disease located in Temple, Texas, provides specialized care for degenerative aneurysm disease from the chest to the abdomen.
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano Thoracic Aortic Disease Center provides care for thoracic aortic aneurysms.
The Aortic Center, a part of Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas, focuses on treating complex conditions related to aortic disease.