Diagnosing and Treating An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Charlotte, NC

The aorta, which extends from the heart to the abdomen, is the human body’s main provider of blood. It is approximately the width of a garden hose, and when it becomes enlarged and ruptures, life threatening bleeding can occur. An enlargement present in the lower portion of the aorta is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. Depending on the severity, doctors may carefully monitor the situation, or emergency surgery may have to be performed.

Symptoms of AAA:

Some aneurysms grow slowly and are hard to diagnose, others expand fast. When this happens patients feel a pulsating sensation near their belly button, back pain, and a deep steady pain in their abdomen or side.

Causes of AAA:

Tobacco is a major cause of AAA. Smoking causes fatty acids to build up on your arteries, and damages the aorta as well. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries is another cause, damaging the blood vessels lining.  The aneurysms occur most frequently in individuals age 65 or older, as well as those with a family history of the condition.   Although rare, an infection of the aorta can also be a trigger.

If you suspect an AAA, visit your doctor or the hospital immediately.  It is a serious and potentially life threatening situation.  Metroview Vascular & Surgical offers treatment in the Charlotte and Gastonia, NC areas for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, along with other diseases of the veins and arteries.  Please contact us today to inquire about the full scope of our vascular and surgical services.

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Treating Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Do you live with varicose veins, or spider veins?  Have you ever considered seeking treatment?  Metroview Vascular and Surgical performs sclerotherapy, along with other treatment options. The procedure involves a direct injection of a salt based solution into the vein, which irritates the vein’s lining, causing a clot, which will swell and then fade from view over time. Anybody who suffers from varicose veins or spider veins can consider the therapy, but it is a good idea to engage in an initial consultation with a physician in order to ensure that you are a good candidate. The treatment is as simple as injecting the location with the solution, and recovery time is relatively minimal, only several weeks before bruising and swelling disappears entirely. Mild discomfort, cramping, and general itching around the area are to be expected for a few days. Except for these minor side effects, individuals can expect a relatively painless recovery process that will not hinder their abilities to go about their days.

Please contact Metrovew Vascular today to discuss the options available to you for treating spider veins and varicose veins.

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