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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - Open Repair Nebraska Patient Education

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Before we talk about treatment, let's start with a discussion about the human body and about your medical condition.

Your doctor has recommended that you have surgery to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm. But what does that actually mean?
The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the organs in your body.
An aneurysm is a bulge or swelling in a blood vessel.
This type of bulge occurs when a blood clot ... or blood clots develop in the aorta, causing to expand.
In your case, your doctor has determined that a portion of the aorta passing through your abdomen - the area between your legs and your chest - has developed a blood clot. In most cases these clots are caused by fatty deposits that build up inside the arteries.
Aneurysms are dangerous because the blood clot weakens the blood vessel and can cause it to burst.
The surgery your doctor has recommended will remove the blood clot ...
... and reinforce the weakened wall of the aorta.

So make sure that you ask your doctor to carefully explain the reasons behind this recommendation.

For more information, visit http://nebraskamed.com/Heart

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