High blood pressure needs to be controlled to reduce the risk of expansion and rupture of an aneurysm. Although leaking or ruptured aneurysms are often fatal, immediate drainage of blood and surgical repair of the aneurysm may be life-saving for some patients.
The larger an aneurysm becomes, the more likely it will burst. Doctors will prescribe oral medications such as beta-blockers to reduce the force of blood pressure against the weakened artery wall. Generally, high blood pressure must will be treated aggressively.
Doctors may surgically remove or perform endovascular stenting for the aneurysm and replace the weakened portion of the aorta with a synthetic graft or endovascular stent graft, if the aneurysm is at risk of rupturing - usually when the aneurysm grows beyond a certain size. This threshold varies depending on the location of the aneurysm. Each treatment option is individualized, and may not be suitable for everyone.
Endovascular aneurysm repair is a less invasive surgery involving threading a stent through an artery in the groin. The stent can relieve excessive pressure on the vessel walls and reduce the risk of rupture.
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