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Aortic Aneurysm (also known as AAA or TAA)
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Information on Aortic Aneurysms at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute
Most aneurysms occur in the aorta—the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The aorta goes through the chest and abdomen. An aneurysm that occurs in the part of the aorta that's in the chest is called a thoracic (tho-RAS-ik) aortic aneurysm...More at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute.

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Information on Aortic Aneurysms from Johns Hopkins Medicine
An aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of the aorta, the primary artery that carries blood from the heart to the head and extremities. There are three common types of aortic aneurysms: saccular, fusiform and dissecting. Aortic aneurysms can occur in the following three locations:...Read more at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Information on Aortic Aneurysms from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons
Each year, approximately 15,000 Americans die of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. When detected in time, an aortic aneurysm can usually be repaired with surgery…More from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Fact Sheets, Tutorials, Interactive Tools, and other Interesting Information
Tutorial: Interactive graphic presentation of an aortic aneurysm
View the tutorial by Swarm Interactive.

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Treatments and Prevention
Aortic aneurysms are treated with medicines and surgery. A small aneurysm that's found early and isn't causing symptoms may not need treatment. Other aneurysms need to be treated.The goals of treatment are…More at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Aortic Aneurysm - An Interactive Tutorial
An interactive look at aortic aneurysms from the from the National Library of Medicine.

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Videos and Podcasts
Video Video: Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Note: This video contains graphic surgical scenes…Provided by the National Library of Medicine

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Video Video: Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
Note: This video contains graphic surgical scenes…Provided by the National Library of Medicine

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Podcast Podcast: Aortic Aneurysms: Endovascular Stent Grafting – Part 1
Dr. John Ikonomidis, director of the Heart Transplant Program at MUSC, explains the medical phenomenon of an aortic aneurysm and describes the procedure of endovascular stent grafting. He notes risk factors for aortic aneurysms and emphasizes the need for an efficacious and economical screening method to identify aortic aneurysms in high risk populations. Dr. Ikonomidis walks through the process from evaluation to treatment, describing characteristics of a good candidate for endovascular stent grafting. Listen to the podcast from the Medical University of South Carolina Podcast Library.

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Video Video: Endovascular Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Note: This video contains graphic surgical scenes…Provided by the National Library of Medicine

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Clinical Practice Guidelines
Diagnostic Guidelines
Suspect aortic dissection in a patient with sudden excruciating pain without ECG findings suggestive of AMI. 2.The patient is usually a hypertensive male. 3.The location of the pain…More at the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

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Important Articles from Medical Journals
Abstract. Failure to recognize newly identified aortic dilations in a health care system with an advanced electronic medical record.
Concern is growing about missed test results, but data assessing their effect on patient safety are limited. OBJECTIVE: To examine the frequency with which computed tomography (CT)-documented dilations of the abdominal aorta are accompanied by evidence in the electronic medical record (EMR) that a clinician recognized the abnormality...More at PubMed

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Abstract. The ACE trial: a randomized comparison of open versus endovascular repair in good risk patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Endovascular repair of infrarenal abdominal aneurysms (EVAR) is currently used in patients with large aneurysm. Two randomized studies, Dutch Randomised Endovascular Aneurysm Management (DREAM) and Comparison of Endovascular Aneurysm Repair with Open Repair in Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (EVAR-1), showed favorable early results with EVAR; but at 2 and 4 years, the rates of all-cause mortalities were no longer different...More at PubMed

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Abstract. The effect of azithromycin and Chlamydophilia pneumonia infection on expansion of small abdominal aortic aneurysms--a prospective randomized double-blind trial.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of azithromycin on the expansion rate of small abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), and to determine whether or not a correlation exists between serological markers for Chlamydophilia pneumonia (Cpn) infection and AAA expansion...More at PubMed

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Abstract. Preoperative thrombus volume predicts sac regression after endovascular aneurysm repair.
To examine whether preoperative aneurysm thrombus volume correlated with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac regression following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)…More at PubMed

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