Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) is a minimally-invasive procedure to repair an aneurysm in your aorta (the biggest artery in your body). If left untreated, the aneurysm can leak or burst causing immediate death.
If you experience the following signs of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, seek medical attention at once:
- Sudden, severe pain
- An extreme drop in blood pressure
- Signs of shock, like passing out or dizziness, weakness
An aortic aneurysm occurs when a section of the aorta, the body’s main and biggest artery, weakens and bulges. See figure below.
The aorta transports oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other arteries that distribute blood to all the parts of the body.
An overstretched and weakened aortic wall (aneurysm) can leak, or worst case, burst. If the aneurysm bursts, it can lead to severe bleeding that can immediately cause death.
An aneurysm can develop in any section of the aorta.
If the aneurysm develops in the belly area it is called Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or AAA, see figure below.
If the aneurysm develops in the upper body it is called Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, see figure below. Thoracic aortic aneurysm is also called ascending or descending aortic aneurysm.