Aortic Aneurysm Prevention

  • Eat a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Take steps to prevent, detect, and treat high blood pressure.
  • To reduce the risk of the aneurysm bursting or tearing quit smoking and work with your doctor to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Diagnosis of Aortic Aneurysm

  • Physical examination of your abdomen by the doctor may reveal a pulsating aneurysm.
  • X-rays, CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, or ultrasound imaging may confirm the presence of an aneurysm.
  • Angiography (an injection of an opaque dye into an artery to produce a clear x-ray image of the aorta) may be performed.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 24 Aug 2011

Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014