Treatments

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Treatments

Once an abdominal aortic aneurysm diagnosis is confirmed—and surgery is either not required or is not an option—medical management and routine testing monitors the aneurysm to help minimize its growth. You can change some of your risk factors, which can prolong and improve your quality of life. The key is to know your risk factors and to modify them. Talk with your care team to find ways you can lower your risk.

Treatments

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:

Medications for abdominal aortic aneurysm

Medications can minimize the growth rate of the aneurysm by slowing your heart rate, reducing the force of heart contractions and lowering your blood pressure. Types of medicine that may be prescribed, include: 
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Cholesterol-lowering drugs to reduce inflammation of the walls of your aorta.
  • Beta blockers: Beta blockers to slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce the force of your heart's contractions.

Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).



Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials:



Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: