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Active Surveillance & Screening

Some individuals diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm may not need surgery or surgery right away. Instead, Hoag’s Aortic Center will track these patients, using active surveillance, to monitor the size of their aneurysm and watch for signs of growth on a yearly basis. 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 interventional 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 Hoag 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. Learn More.

Also available through Hoag’s Vascular Lab is the:

“Welcome to Medicare” Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
A special screening for individuals new to Medicare – Medicare will cover a one-time Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening, if you receive a
referral for it at your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. Learn More.

No screening is currently recommended for thoracic aortic aneurysms at this time.

Lifestyle Modifications

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

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