Living With an Aortic Aneurysm
If you have an aortic aneurysm, you need close medical monitoring and possibly treatment.
Go to your regular checkups. You will have regular tests to check the size and growth of the aneurysm. Talk with your doctor about how often you should get tested.
Home treatment is appropriate to help prevent or control conditions that may be causing you to have an aortic aneurysm, such as Reference atherosclerosis Opens New Window or Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window.
- Reference Quit smoking. Medicines and counseling can help you quit for good.
- Control high blood pressure. To control high blood pressure, eat a low-sodium diet, and get regular exercise. For more information, see the topic Reference High Blood Pressure.
- Control high cholesterol. To control Reference high cholesterol Opens New Window, eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and get regular exercise. For more information, see the topic Reference High Cholesterol.
- Manage your weight. Losing weight will not likely change the course of an aortic aneurysm, but it may lower the risk of complications if you eventually need surgery. For more information, see the topic Reference Weight Management.
- Be active. Ask your doctor what type and amount of exercise is safe for you. If aerobic activity is safe, try to do activities that raise your heart rate. Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most, preferably all, days of the week.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, high-fiber foods, and foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. For more information, see the topic Reference Heart-Healthy Eating.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery