Aneurysms Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

Aneurysms develop when blood pushes against artery walls to cause an abnormal ballooning. If you have an aneurysm, it’s important to monitor it regularly and get expert help from a vascular specialist to avoid dire consequences such as aneurysm rupture. Vascular Associates of San Diego, the leading team of vascular specialists in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County, offers aneurysm evaluation and treatment in one convenient location. Book your appointment online or call the office today.

Aneurysms Q & A

What are aneurysms?

Aneurysms are irregular enlargement of blood vessels. They can develop in three different areas, including: 

Abdominal aortic aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are the most common form of aneurysms. They occur below your chest. This type of aneurysm often occurs in men with risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and obesity.

Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Thoracic aortic aneurysms affect the aorta in your chest. They're commonly caused by plaque buildup and hardening within the artery (atherosclerosis). 

Cerebral aneurysm

A cerebral aneurysm occurs in a brain blood vessel. They're most common among smokers. 

Aneurysms can be serious, and even deadly if they burst and cause a stroke. So it's important to get a diagnosis and start monitoring and treatment as early as possible.

What are the signs of an aneurysm?

Usually, aneurysms don't cause any symptoms. In fact, it's common to discover aneurysms during ultrasound scans that you undergo for other reasons. With an abdominal aortic aneurysm that's growing quickly, you might experience abdominal, hip, or chest pain. 

An aneurysm rupture can cause symptoms similar to those of a heart attack, including sudden stabbing pain in the chest. 

How are aneurysms treated?

If you learn about an aneurysm during an imaging test, the most common response is watchful waiting. With this approach, your vascular physician monitors aneurysm growth once or twice a year. 

If your aneurysm grows large enough to become a rupture risk, your doctor may recommend aneurysm repair. There are a variety of repair options including minimally invasive endovascular repair.

At Vascular Associates of San Diego, the specialists are extremely experienced in endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aneurysms. Treatment typically involves an endovascular stent graft, a small metal mesh tube coated in fabric.

If a standard stent graft won’t work due to the size of the aneurysm or other complex issues, your experienced surgeon can design a custom fenestrated endograft so they can still perform the minimally invasive procedure.

This stent graft creates a new aortic lining, which decreases pressure and helps restore normal blood flow in the area. Surgeons perform this treatment in the hybrid endovascular operating room suite, and the procedure usually requires just a day or two as an inpatient.

You can trust the best California vascular specialists when you need aneurysm help. Call the Vascular Associates of San Diego office or use online scheduling for help now.