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Aortic Aneurysms

aortic aneurysm repair qualificationEnlargement of the Largest Artery in the Body

At Mercy Health, the most cutting-edge technology is available to treat complex aortic aneurysms. Our vascular surgeons craft a personalized treatment plan for you based on expertise and mutual trust in order to restore your health.

What is an Aortic Aneurysm?

Aortic aneurysms occur when the largest artery in the body, the aorta, enlarges. This can occur anywhere from the chest, in which it is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA), to the abdomen (belly), where it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). TAA is almost always fatal when rupture occurs.

AAA usually occurs without symptoms, unless the aneurysm grows rapidly or ruptures, in which case some people develop abdominal or back pain. Smoking is a major risk for aortic aneurysm formation. For resources on how to quit smoking and reduce the risk of an aortic aneurysm, please visit our Stop Smoking page.

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Treatment Options

If your physician determines that you have or are at risk for an aortic aneurysm, they will determine the best course of action for aortic aneurysm repair.


  • Back Pain 
  • Chest Pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Neck Swelling
  • Problems Swallowing

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Vehicle Injury
  • Smoking
  • Syphilis

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