Whether you need treatment or monitoring for an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection, our Sentara care team will provide you with advanced, personalized and comprehensive care. We offer expert guidance, medical management, minimally invasive procedures and surgery to treat your condition.
Your doctor's recommendation depends on:
- The size of the aneurysm or dissection
- The location of the aneurysm or dissection
- How quickly it is growing
For smaller, slower-growing aneurysms, your doctor may recommend medications for blood pressure control, lipid lowering medications (statins), aspirin and closely monitoring the aneurysm's size. We might also recommend avoiding strenuous activities. With this type of monitoring, called watchful waiting, you will undergo regularly scheduled medical imaging tests, such as ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) angiography. If the aneurysm grows large enough to require treatment, your doctor may recommend surgical or minimally invasive treatment.
Depending on the type and size of the aortic dissection, your doctor will consider treating you with medication or surgery. If the dissection affects the descending aorta (type B dissection), your doctor may first recommend managing it with medications used to control high blood pressure and monitoring the condition. If the dissection worsens, your doctor may then recommend surgery.