Frequently Asked Questions for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

How can I find out if I have a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

Thoracic aortic aneurysms rarely give symptoms, till they grow big. Many are incidentally discovered as a result of medical imaging for other conditions, by echocardiogram, CT scans, MRI's, or even plain X-rays of the chest.

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Is Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm “a time-bomb” ready to explode in my chest?

Certainly not. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are slow growing, roughly a couple millimeters per year, provided that you are compliant with your medical therapy and lifestyle changes as well as your scheduled appointmens.

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What is a reasonable level of physical activity?

Regular exercise is highly recommended with no major restrictions.

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Is endovascular Thoracic Aneurysm repair suitable for everybody?

No. Endovascular repair is preferred option for the majority of patients, not though suitable for everybody. Open surgery versus endovascular repair relies upon the aneurysm anatomic characteristics.

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Can the Thoracic Aneurysm come back if I have surgery to fix it?

When a portion of the aorta is replaced surgically, the aneurysm is removed and cannot recur in that location. If there is only one segment of the aorta that is abnormal, once that segment has been replaced, the risk of aortic aneurysms forming elsewhere is rare though not unlikely.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA