If you are at risk for an aortic aneurysm or have symptoms that suggest that you may have this serious condition, aortic ultrasound testing is a simple, non-invasive way to monitor your aorta. It’s extremely important that you stay on top of any issues that you may have with the aorta for your overall well-being. This major artery is the size of your typical garden hose, carrying blood to the lower portion of your body. If there is a problem, you want to find out as soon as possible before something happens. When you are proactive, you can head trouble off at the pass with aortic ultrasound testing.
What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm involves a weak spot in the aorta that can begin to bulge. It may never change or become cause for worry. However, an aortic aneurysm can begin to expand to the point that it causes painful symptoms. The aneurysm can apply pressure to other organs around it. It can also rupture, causing severe internal bleeding that results in a lack of blood to the lower part of the body.
What are the Signs of an Aortic Aneurysm?
Pain is one of the most obvious symptoms that you have an aortic aneurysm. Pain can be a dull throb or it can be extreme. You may experience pain in your stomach, your chest, or all the way down to your groin. It may even be in your legs or buttocks. You may feel a strange pulsing in your stomach. If your aneurysm cuts off circulation to your feet, you may experience numbness or your toes may turn blue.
When to Have Aortic Ultrasound Testing
If you have symptoms of an aortic aneurysm and you are not in an emergency situation, the best way to determine your diagnosis is to have a proper consultation and aortic ultrasound testing. It may also be advised as a proactive measure if you are at risk for the condition. If you are an older man, you smoke, you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are obese, or you smoke, our medical team may monitor you regularly for the development of an aortic aneurysm. If you have ever been identified with an aortic aneurysm that is smaller, we may perform aortic ultrasound testing on a regular basis in order to determine whether you need surgery to resolve the issue.
What Happens During Aortic Ultrasound Testing?
During aortic ultrasound testing, you simply need to lie down while an ultrasound device is passed over your chest and abdominal region. Our medical team will be able to identify the presence of an aortic aneurysm. The next step will be to measure it and plan a course of treatment. If your aortic aneurysm is large or begins to grow, we can take you to the next step.