Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

(254) 399-5400

Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a bulge or protuberance in a blood vessel due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. They are dangerous because of the possibility of tearing or rupturing. The aorta, the body’s largest artery, carries blood from the heart into the rest of the body. Occasionally, an aneurysm develops when the blood vessel wall is weakened or is injured due to plaque or fat deposited on the blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis). Aortic aneurysms can occur anywhere throughout the aorta, from where it is joins with the heart, through the chest cavity (thoracic aortic aneurysm) and down to the abdomen (abdominal aortic aneurysm). An aortic aneurysm enlarges the aorta to about one-and-a-half times the normal size or greater. This can cause weakness in the aortic wall and the potentially cause the aorta to rupture (much like an overinflated balloon), which leads to massive internal bleeding and, unless immediately treated, sudden death. Women can also be at risk, although it is more common in men. Causes of aneurysms Aneurysms can be caused by numerous underlying problems or certain risk factors. These include: Atherosclerosis (or arteriosclerosis)  Hypertension (especially poorly controlled or persistent) Injury in a blood vessel – Trauma (Car Accident, ect.)  Smoking (History of or current, large risk factor in men especially) Congenital defects and abnormalities Aging Marfan’s syndrome (a genetic disease which causes weakness of the blood vessel walls) Obesity Family history of heart or artery disease Stimulant use (Cocaine, ect.)

Our Central Texas Locations

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Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642