Harvard Heart Letter

Long-term look at aneurysm repair

A new study explores how people fare after surgery or nonsurgical repair.

A weakened widening of the aorta (the main pipeline for delivering oxygen-rich blood to the body) can be deadly if it bursts. This widening is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or triple-A for short. There are two main ways to battle this bulge: traditional surgery and a newer approach called endovascular repair.

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