- It is estimated that about 80% of patients with a ruptured aortic aneurysm die.
- It is also a problem that is underdiagnosed and undertreated, especially due to the lack of symptoms in patients.
- With the support of technology, personalized aortic prostheses are useful to increase the survival rates of patients.
Timely diagnosis and personalized technology could change the prognosis of cases of aortic aneurysm, including death in patients. In fact, in recent years they have managed, through their detection and devices that adapt to the aorta in a short time to the human being, to reduce the complications due to the rupture of this artery, which increases the chances of survival.
According to Dr. Alejandro Fabiani, who is a specialist in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, when the aorta dilates over time, its walls weaken and it ends up bursting or breaking. This event is catastrophic and, in 80% of cases, results in the death of the patient from internal bleeding.
What is an aortic aneurysm?
According to specialists, this condition, which is a condition that occurs in the main blood vessel (aorta) responsible for transporting blood from the heart to the body, is underdiagnosed due to the lack of symptoms. The main consequence is that it is not treated.
“The majority of aortic aneurysms do not have symptoms and are diagnosed because patients come for a check-up for another reason. For this reason, we recommend frequent check-ups, especially those with a higher risk of suffering from it, specifically smoking women over 65 years of age, smoking men over 45 years of age and non-smoking men over 65 years of age”.
He also added that it is important to comment that, in the case of abdominal aortic aneurysmIf the disease is detected and treated promptly, mortality ranges from 2 to 5%. He said that there are currently high-tech devices that allow personalized treatment according to the needs of each patient.
An aneurysm can occur in any artery in the body, the most frequent being cerebral, abdominal aorta and thoracic aorta.
“Today, patients, both in public and private institutions, have access to devices to treat their aneurysm on a scheduled basis with personalized technology that adapts to their anatomy, which results in higher survival rates.”
For her part, Ana Gabriela Torres, who is Director of Marketing and Communication at Terumo Medical de México, said that in our country a surgical procedure or endovascular treatment.
The latter has been practiced for 25 years and the technology has been in constant development. Currently, there are standardized prostheses for the treatment of aneurysms in most cases, but it is also possible to design special stents for those cases that cannot be treated with standard prostheses.
Main risk factors
Among the risk factors for developing a aortic aneurysm are smoking, arterial hypertension, high levels of cholesterol in the blood and atherosclerosis, among others.
“For the most part, men over the age of 65 are affected; however, anyone with symptoms such as pain in the back, abdomen, chest, or difficulty breathing, to name a few, should pay attention and see a doctor.”
The doctor concluded that it is necessary for people who recognize that they meet any of the risk factors, go immediately for a check-up to prevent any complications and can be treated in time.
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