Cardiac surgeons at RAK Hospital are now able to treat the life threatening condition of Thoracic Aneurysms through non invasive endovascular stent graft technique over the standard surgical open chest repair. This new way of treatment is less painful and has lower risk of complications than traditional surgery plus the hospital stay is minimal with quicker recovery.
“An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. A thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA) occurs in the part of the body’s largest artery (the aorta) that passes through the chest. Only 20 to 30 % of patients who get to the hospital with a ruptured TAA survive. For this reason, it is crucial to treat large aneurysm early, in order to prevent their rupture.
Approximately 25% of aortic aneurysm occurs in the chest & the rest involve the abdominal aorta. The Thoracic aortic aneurysm can cause a variety of symptoms and often life-threatening complications. Due to the serious risks it presents, timely diagnosis and treatment of a thoracic aneurysm are critical”, said Dr. Arun Goyal, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, RAK Hospital.
Most thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs) are asymptomatic (about 95%). They may only be diagnosed incidentally. Possible symptoms include
•Pain in the jaw, neck, and upper back.
•Chest or back pain
•Coughing, Hoarseness of voice or Difficult Breathing
It is critical to notify your physician immediately if you experience any symptom of TAA. TAA are serious health risk because its rupture leads to severe internal bleeding, shock & death.
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