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.

In those with an aneurysm less than 5 cm the risk of rupture in the next year is much less than 1%. This risk is considered very small to justify any surgical risk. Elective repair should be considered when the aneurysm exceeds 5.5 cm and definitely beyond 6 cm.

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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

E-mail: info@vascularhealth.gr