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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:
  • ​Smoking
  • High blood pressure and/or cholesterol
  • Family history
  • Arterial disease
  • Advanced age
  • Male gender
Diagnosis & Treatment

Aortic Aneurysm

Cardiothoracic Surgeon David Caparrelli, MD, FACS explains the diagnosis and treatment of aortic aneurysm.

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.

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