How to protect a patient with aortic aneurysm

Gail Hood Irwin
Nursing 2007, 37 (2): 36-42; quiz 42-3
Learn how to recognize and respond to the danger signs and act immediately to help save his life. Trouble is looming when the largest artery in the body develops a bulge. According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, each year approximately 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with aortic aneurysm - a bulge or ballooning in the artery that leads from the heart. About 15,000 of these aneurysms are severe enough to rupture, creating an urgent situation with a high risk of death. Read on to learn how to protect a patient with a suspected or known aortic aneurysm.

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