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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview of Aortic Aneurys​m

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:

  • Medicine
  • Monitoring
  • Embolization​
  • Surgery​
  • 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.

The 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.​

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