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An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery caused by the weakening of the blood vessel. Aneurysms that become too thin and too large can rupture, leading to potentially fatal bleeding. In some cases, aneurysms near the surface of the skin will be tender, swollen, or produce a large mass. Generally, however, there are few symptoms of an aneurysm, so screening is important for those who are at risk.


An aneurysm can happen anywhere in the body, but the most common types of aneurysms can be found in:
Risk factors for developing aneurysms include:
  • ‚ÄčSmoking
  • High blood pressure and/or cholesterol
  • Family history
  • Arterial disease
  • Advanced age
  • Male gender

Diagnosis, Treatment and Technologies

Lifestyle adjustments and medications

Less severe, smaller aneurysms can usually be managed with lifestyle changes, like better diet and exercise, and with certain medications like blood thinners.

Interventional and surgical treatments

Our skilled team will work with you to determine the right treatment for your symptoms, condition, and lifestyle. CMC can provide minimally invasive treatments for aneurysms and has performed breakthrough surgeries to treat serious cases. Surgical options can include stent or bypass grafting.

What is your vascular health?

Anyone can experience vascular problems, but smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, age, obesity and heredity can lead to an increased risk. Problems with the vascular system can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack, stroke and limb loss. Routine vascular screenings can help in the early detection of these potentially serious problems. CMC's New England Heart & Vascular Institute offers extensive vascular screening services. Your physician will determine if you are at risk and would benefit from screening.

What to Expect at a Vascular Screening

  • Your appointment will last about 45 minutes
  • We’ll use ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysm and Doppler imaging to assess the carotid arteries.The ankle-brachial index (ABI) screens for peripheral artery disease by measuring blood pressure in the arms and ankles.
  • Results will be mailed to you within a week of screening
Cost: $50. Call to schedule your vascular screening!


Vascular team

Our vascular physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and support staff bring extensive expertise and skill to each procedure, and take a personal interest in your well-being.

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