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Thoracic Aortic Procedures

A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body), resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the normal diameter (width). As it balloons outward, the wall of the aorta becomes thinner and weaker. If the wall becomes too thin it may tear open or rupture, causing massive internal bleeding. The aorta can also dissect. This occurs when the layers of the aortic wall tear and separate from each other and blood fills the layers between the aortic walls. Aortic aneurysms often produce no symptoms until they rupture, but then require immediate attention.

Treatment depends on the location of the aneurysm and may include surgical thoracic aneurysm repair or removal of the aneurysm to prevent rupture. Endovascular stenting is a less invasive option. A stent is a tiny metal or plastic tube that is used to hold an artery open. Stents can be placed into the body without making a large incision in the chest. Your specific treatment will be determined by your physician.

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Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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