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Aneurysm

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.

Common types of aneurysm

An aneurysm can happen anywhere in the body, but are more often found in certain areas:

Risk factors

Risk factors for developing aneurysms include:

  • ​Smoking
  • 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 symptoms, condition, and lifestyle. CMC can provide minimally-invasive treatment for aneurysms and has performed breakthrough surgeries to treat serious cases. Surgical options can include stents, grafts, and bypass. 

What is your vascular health?

The New England Heart & Vascular Institute (NEHVI) offers extensive vascular screening services in our state-of-the-art IAC Accredited Vascular Lab facility. Problems with the vascular system can lead to life threateningconditions like heart attack, stroke and limb loss. Routine vascular screenings can help in the early detection of these potentially serious problems.

Meet Our 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.