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.


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.

Meet the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Team

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