Treatment for potentially deadly aneurysms has become less invasive
When a blood vessel weakens, a balloonlike dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can be deadly, so learning whether you have an aneurysm and seeking treatment are important. Michael Costanza, MD, professor of surgery in Upstate University Hospital's division of vascular surgery, explains how treatment options for abdominal aneurysms have become less invasive. He also points out that Medicare will pay for screening people who are at increased risk for aneurysms, including those age 65 to 75 with a family history of aneurysms and men who are -- or were -- smokers.