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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is a bulge in your aorta that occurs when the aorta's walls are weakened. The aorta is a large blood vessel that extends from your heart down the center of your chest.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or vascular surgeon as directed:
You may need to return to have your TAA checked. You may also need to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider or vascular surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have new symptoms since your last appointment.
- Your symptoms prevent you from doing your daily activities.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- You have sudden chest, neck, back, or abdominal pain.
- Your skin becomes pale and sweaty, or you feel very weak.
- You are dizzy, or you faint.
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