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​Aortic aneurysm 

The Christ Hospital is recognized for exceptional treatment of aortic aneurysms, a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. An aortic aneurysm is an enlargement or ballooning in the aorta, the main blood vessel that transports blood to your abdomen, pelvis and legs.

There are three main types of aortic aneurysms:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm — an aortic aneurysm in the abdomen.

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm — an aortic aneurysm in the chest.

  • Aortic dissection — a tear in the wall of the aorta. As an aneurysm gets larger, the risk of it tearing or breaking open increases. This can be life threatening and requires immediate treatment. 

Aortic aneurysm risk factors

While doctors are not sure of the exact cause of aneurysms, the following factors increase your risk:

Aortic aneurysm symptoms

Symptoms of aortic aneurysm can include:

  • Clamminess

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Pain in the legs, buttocks or groin

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Severe, constant or sudden pain in the back or abdomen

  • Shock

Undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm

It's estimated that more than one million people are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms. At least 95 percent of these can be successfully treated if detected prior to rupture. The condition can be cured when diagnosed early.

Learn more about risk factors and our $29 heart & vascular screening to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you experience symptoms of an aortic aneurysm, or if you've already been diagnosed, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network, Greater Cincinnati's leader in cardiovascular care. The Christ Hospital continually researches new techniques for treating aortic aneurysms.

  • Top 50 heart hospital. The Christ Hospital has been named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S. by Truven Health Analytics for 11 years.

  • Specialized expertise.  We offer the most extensive expertise across the spectrum of heart and vascular care. Our doctors are known leaders in cardiovascular care and are focused by specific conditions

  • Treatment options.  Our patients benefit from a wider range of personalized treatment options than at many other hospitals. We take a progressive approach to aortic aneurysm management.

  • Clinical research. Our doctors have developed many new techniques in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years. Patients have access to treatments not found at many other hospitals.

  • Heart and vascular support groups.  For patients with heart-related conditions, we offer education and support. We encourage you to share your experiences to learn how to live your healthiest life.

Schedule an appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an aortic aneurysm expert at The Christ Hospital, call 513-585-2264.