Heart & Vascular Institute

Aortic aneurysms

Get expert treatment for an aneurysm before it ruptures

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.

If you have an abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysm you may not experience warning signs, however, the following are some of the most common symptoms.

Common abdominal aortic aneurysm warning signs are:

  • 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

If you have symptoms or have been diagnosed with 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. Find a Novant Health cardiovascular expert near you.