Endovascular aneurysm repair is performed for aneurysms that involves the abdominal aorta that supply blood to the kidneys. It involves placement of a stent-graft through the groin arteries to seal above and below the aortic aneurysm.
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair is a similar procedure used to treat the thoracic aorta for conditions such as aneurysms and aortic dissections (tears in the wall of the main artery). Similar to EVAR and FEVAR this procedure involves placement of a stent-graft in the artery through the groin arteries.
Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair helps treat aortic aneurysms that involve the aorta close to its branches that supply blood to the abdominal organs. It is a more complex procedure; therefore, it generally requires a general anaesthetic. It involves placement of a stent-graft through the groin arteries to seal above and below the aortic aneurysm.
Symptoms of aortic disease
In early stages of the disease, you may not present any symptoms and it could be diagnosed accidentally while checking for another condition. Majority of patients, however, may experience:
- sudden severe stabbing pain
- sharp pain in the chest while breathing
- feeling tired
- shortness of breath
- heart palpitations
- heart murmur (swooshing sound in the heart)
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