Causes of Aneurysms and Occlusive Disease
Plaque-build up causes many artery issues
Hardening of the arteries causing aneurysms and occlusive disease stems from common issues including smoking, genetics, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity. Inflammation can sometimes cause these arteries to narrow, or expand, causing serious life-threatening issues.
Symptoms of Occlusive Disease
Just like most arterial disease, without imaging or screening, it can easily go unnoticed.
Getting screened for potential Aneurysms & Occlusive Disease in Rogers is extremely crucial if you meet any criteria associated with the risk factors. At Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center, our goal is to discover artery disease in it's early stages.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) is one of the most common sites for an aneurysm.
This aneurysm occurs in the stomach area near the spine. In fact, these are so common that Congress passed an act that allows anyone over the age of 65 to get screened for AAA for free. This is due to the fact that there's such a large number of people that don't even realize they have them. Risk factors like smoking and family history of AAA's are often present with this specific type of aneurysm.
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAA) occur in the chest cavity.
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms often occur in people that have really high blood pressure, genetic issues that aren't taken care of, or have connective tissue disorders. When we notice a weakening of the artery walls with either a TAA or AAA, it's often not alone. There's a good chance you may also have a popliteal aneurysm behind you knee, so we will always check there as well.
Peripheral Aneurysms are rare, and usually genetic.
Peripheral aneurysms that occur in the leg are very rare, but always warrant checking the area. As previously mentioned, a popliteal aneurysm can develop behind the knee, or a femoral aneurysm can arise in the thigh area. Our goal is to avoid all aneurysms from rupturing, or clotting, so some sort of surgical intervention is usually necessary.
Renal Artery Aneurysms
Renal Artery Aneurysms (RAA) affect the artery that travels to the kidney
Renal Artery Aneurysms are often spotted on accident, through imaging and testing in the general area. Most cases of RAA have no symptoms so that's why it's important to get tested. RAAs are also rare, but warrant monitoring if there is reason for suspicion.
Our Aneurysm & Occlusive Disease Treatments include:
This treatment is highly effective in busting up the plaque that is hardening the arteries and blocking the flow of blood to vital organs and tissue. An angioplasty is offered in our Office Based Vascular Lab. This is an out-patient procedure and doesn't require extensive downtime.Angioplasty and Stenting
Stenting is often used to fix aneurysms. This procedure involves anesthesia for comfort, and is a simple out patient appointment. Stents ideally are permanently placed to hold open a section of the arterial system that is of concern.Angioplasty and Stenting
A form of Embolization Therapy may be utilized for splenic aneurysms in the stomach area.Embolization Therapy