How To Treat an Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a serious medical condition that needs to be treated by a doctor immediately. It may require surgery, or at least very close monitoring by your doctor. If you or someone you love has an aneurysm, here's how to treat it.

Step 1

Lower your blood pressure. The first step to treating an aneurysm is to try to do so without surgery. Several changes in your habits can help reduce the severity of an aneurysm. Begin by reducing your blood pressure. Your doctor can give you a prescription that will do this for you. Lower blood pressure reduces the strain on your heart. You can also do this by changing your daily exercise and eating habits, as outlined below.

Step 2

Take it easy. To treat an aneurysm, you have to treat your heart as a fragile piece of equipment - overwork it, and it's going to fail. So when you've got an aneurysm, don't try to require too much of your body at once. Avoid over-exerting yourself (even when having a bowel movement). Don't try to pick up anything heavy, and avoid all demanding household chores (like lifting laundry, shoveling snow, or cutting grass). You've got to take your activity level down to a 1 or a 2. Anything more could have devastating consequences.

Step 3

Be healthy. You might also be able to treat an aneurysm without surgery by maintaining a healthy diet. If you aren't already at a good weight, work to lower your body weight (which in turn, will lower your blood pressure). Then, stop smoking. You don't need to be any harder on your heart by restricting your blood flow by smoking. Eat a healthy diet low in fat and high in fiber. You want to get your body in as good of condition as possible, so eat right, exercise, and drop your bad habits like smoking when you've got an aneurysm.

Step 4

Prepare for surgery.  If your doctor says that there is no other option to treat your aneurysm than surgery, begin to prepare yourself. You shouldn't have anything to eat after 8:00 p.m. on the night before you have surgery for your aneurysm. Take off anything that isn't natural to your body - nail polish, jewelry, and so on need to be removed. Then take some time to give your body a thorough cleaning with an antimicrobial soap. Consider it your contribution toward staying germ-free and healthy during and after your surgery. Clean yourself like this two times a day in the few days leading up to your surgery.

Step 5

Remain calm. As overwhelming as the idea may seem, you will need to have faith that your surgeon did every right and that you'll soon recover from surgery. Relax, take it easy and don't stress yourself. Surgery should offer the solution you're looking for if you just give yourself some time to recover.

Once your aneurysm surgery is over, your doctor will put you on bed rest for a few days. You may need a bedpan for a short period of time until you are well enough to be mobile again. A nurse or a close family member can help you with this as you recover from your aneurysm surgery.


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