Aneurysms happen when one portion of an artery wall weakens, making it balloon out or abnormally widen. Its causes are often unknown. Some may be congenital, meaning a person was born with them. Conditions like aortic disease or an injury can also cause an aneurysm.
A family history of aneurysm may also increase a person’s risk for developing it. Other common risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
Aneurysms can occur anywhere, but the most common places to experience them are:
- Aortic aneurysm occurs in the major artery from the heart
- Cerebral aneurysm occurs in the brain
- Mesenteric artery aneurysm occurs in the intestine
- Popliteal artery aneurysm occurs in the leg behind the knee
- Splenic artery aneurysm occurs in an artery in the spleen
Treatment and Prevention
If you’ve been diagnosed with an unruptured aneurysm, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor and work together to monitor any changes and symptoms. Ken Park MD PLLC is a certified Internal Medicine Physician in McKinney, Texas with years of experience and expertise for conditions like this.
You may require several check-ups and consultations, depending on the aneurysm size and location. Luckily, we offer telemedicine services in Texas for easy and quick consultations anytime, anywhere.