Active Surveillance & Screening
Some individuals diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm may not need surgery or surgery right away. Instead, the team at the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center will track these patients, using active surveillance, to monitor the size of their aneurysm and watch for signs of growth over time. But as the aneurysm grows – the risk for rupture or dissection also increases. Once an aneurysm reaches a certain size in diameter, elective surgery is recommended, since an emergency surgery carries a much greater risk. However, some people may live with an aortic aneurysm and never need surgery. If the aneurysm stays small – the chance that a small stable aneurysm will burst is also small.
Hoag’s Vascular Lab works closely with the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic screening services, including abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings, where a certified technician utilizes ultrasound to scan the abdominal portion of the aorta.
For some individuals, their doctor may prescribe some lifestyle modifications, in addition to treatment. Here are some lifestyle modification tips that may help fight future aortic and cardiac diseases:
- Continue to monitor your heart and aorta
- Establish a good routine: Exercise, diet, and stay active
- Stay up to date with your dental exams and maintain good oral hygiene
- Quit smoking
- Watch muscle to fat ratio
- Manage your blood pressure
- Stop any drug use
- Stay positive
- Screen family members
The Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center provides every therapeutic advantage, from a highly skilled team to advanced treatment approaches and state-of-the-art facilities. Call us for a consultation or a second opinion at 855-735-5677 or email. For patients who live a long distance from Hoag, we are also available for virtual telehealth visits.