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Get expert treatment for an aneurysm before it ruptures

If you have an abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysm, it’s important that you get expert care as soon as possible. The moment an aneurysm ruptures, it becomes a life-threatening medical emergency.


Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms are the result of a widening, stretching or ballooning of the aorta – the body’s largest artery that extends from the heart to the abdomen. Causes can include injury, infection or weakening of the artery wall. This event occurs in approximately five out of 10,000 people.

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If you have an abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysm, the vascular surgeons at Novant Health can perform a minimally invasive procedure to repair the aneurysm before it ruptures. While many people with these conditions do not experience warning signs, following are some of the most common symptoms and abdominal aortic aneurysm warning signs:

  • Intense back or abdominal pain
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shock

Common thoracic aortic aneurysm warning signs are:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck and upper back
  • Chest or back pain
  • Coughing, hoarseness or difficulty breathing

Aortic center – At our aortic center in Charlotte, nationally recognized vascular surgeons and specially trained vascular nurses care for patients with diseases of the aorta, including abdominal aortic aneurysm, thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection.

From diagnosis to surgery to follow-up care, we’ll work hard to find the best treatment option for you so that you can return to your daily routine as quickly as possible. We perform leading-edge surgical procedures in our hybrid operating room – the first in the region dedicated to aortic and vascular care. More than 80 percent of the surgeries we perform are done with minimally invasive techniques. That means shorter hospital stays, smoother recoveries and better health after surgery.

Contact a Novant Health location near you today to learn more about your early diagnosis and screening options. We pride ourselves in providing you with quality healthcare when you need it most.