Heart

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is when the large blood vessel (aorta) that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pulsating feeling near the navel
  • Deep, constant pain in the abdomen, side or back
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid heart rate

What treatment option is available?

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endograft

An abdominal aortic aneurysm endograft is a procedure in which a thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into the leg near the groin, eliminating the need for a large incision in the abdomen. This tube allows an endovascular stent graft to reinforce the wall of the aorta and help keep the damaged area from rupturing.