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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Los Angeles

Treatment Options for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAA)

What are Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAA)?

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body that carries blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. An aneurysm is a bulging or ballooning in your artery that can grow overtime and cause the vessel wall to weaken putting you at risk for a rupture. “Thoracic” refers to the portion of the aorta that runs through your chest. When you develop an aneurysm in this area it is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are more common than thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA).

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Q & A

Older man holding chest exhibiting signs of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Seek medical care if you experiencing symptoms of TAA. 

What are the risk factors for TAA?

  • Family history of thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery
  • Genetic and/or degenerative disorders
  • The buildup of plaque in arteries that restricts blood flow
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Smoking
  • Vasculitis

What are the symptoms of TAA?

Symptoms of thoracic aortic aneurysm are a result of the aneurysm growing and putting pressure on the surrounding organs. Symptoms vary depending on the size and location of your thoracic aortic aneurysm. Some patients that have TAA experience no symptoms at all, yet are in need of aortic aneurysm repair.

If you experience sudden, severe pain this could be a sign of aneurysm rupture which can be life-threatening. You should seek medical care immediately.

The following are the most common symptoms of TAA:

  • Pain in the chest or back
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Trouble swallowing/ painful swallowing
  • Family history of thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Shortness of breath for no apparent reason
The vascular surgeons at SCMSC in Los Angeles performing surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm

Drs. Eghbalieh and Abi-Chaker of SCMSC specialize in advanced EVAR repair for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms.

Treatment Options for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Depending on the size and location of your thoracic aortic aneurysm, prior to vascular surgery, your doctor may recommend you stop smoking, high blood pressure medication, lifestyle modifications, and/or monitoring. Surgical intervention, such as an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), is recommended for thoracic aneurysms > 5.0 cm in size.

The following are treatment options for TAA:

  • Open surgical repair with a surgical graft
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) with stent graft

To schedule an evaluation at Southern California Multi-Specialty Center, call 818-900-6480.

Our Vascular & Endovascular Surgeons

It's important to remember not all physicians are trained in advanced vascular and endovascular surgery. It’s a good practice to get multiple opinions and do research on the surgery and the physician.

Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh is the best vascular surgeon in Los Angeles at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center

Sammy Eghbalieh, MD, FACS, DFSVS, RPVI

Dr. Andrew Abi-Chaker is a top vascular surgeon at Southern California Multi-Specialty Center in Los Angeles
Andrew Abi-Chaker, MD

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