Aneurysm

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Aneurysm

Arteries need to be strong to transport blood through the body at high pressure. If a section of an artery becomes weak, a bulge can form in the artery’s wall. These bulges are called aneurysms. As an aneurysm grows in size, a rupture becomes more likely. If a rupture occurs, uncontrolled internal bleeding and death can result. Fortunately, doctors can prevent aneurysms from rupturing if caught early. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

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  • New procedures for treating aneurysms are being studied in medical institutions around the country. A WebMD video profiles a patient who benefited from a new procedure to repair her abdominal aortic aneurysm by working inside the artery and inserting a stent graft. The new technique decreased the patient’s recovery time by almost three months.

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