An aneurysm occurs when an artery’s walls become weak, allowing the artery to bulge or balloon outward. By continuing to strain the artery walls, an aneurysm greatly increases the risk of a rupture, which can be life-threatening. Fortunately, a simple ultrasound can help your cardiologist detect aneurysms early and determine a treatment plan.
Most people have heard of aneurysms in the brain, but an aneurysm can actually occur almost anywhere in the body. Any artery’s walls can become weak, whether because of a disease or a genetic condition, and the resulting bulge or balloon can affect the flow of blood in that part of the body.
Aneurysms of the aorta, the body’s largest artery, can be particularly dangerous. Whether they occur in the chest or abdomen, aortic aneurysms are always medical emergencies, as they have the potential to cause life-threatening blood loss.
If you have a family history of cardiovascular issues, if you’re experiencing worrisome symptoms, or if you just want more information about your health, an aneurysm screening ultrasound is an easy, painless way to get answers as well as prevent future problems.