Treatments for Aortic Aneurysm

Our team works with each patient to make custom treatment plans. Treatment offered depends on the location and extent of the aneurysm.

Medical Treatments

Aortic aneurysms can be treated with medication in some people. Medications are used to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as reduce stress on the diseased aorta.

Your physician may prescribe these medications:

  • Beta blocker medication:
    • Slows your heart rate
    • Lowers your blood pressure
    • Reduces the force of your heart's contractions
  • Cholesterol-lowering medication to reduce inflammation of your aorta walls

The Northwestern Medicine Center for Aortic Care at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute performs minimally invasive (endovascular) repair surgery and open surgical operations to treat certain aortic aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs in the aorta below the level of the diaphragm. A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs in the aorta above the level of the diaphragm.


Serial testing is usually performed every six months to one year depending on each individual case. In addition to serial testing, treatments may include the following:

Meet the Aortic Aneurysm Team

Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a nationally recognized destination for those who require highly specialized cardiovascular care.