Definition

What is femoral artery aneurysm?

The femoral artery is located in the groin. Aneurysms can occur in this location. A femoral aneurysm is bulging and weakness in the wall of the femoral artery, located in the thigh. Femoral aneurysms can burst, which may cause life-threatening, uncontrolled bleeding. The aneurysm may also cause a blood clot, potentially resulting in leg amputation.

How common is femoral artery aneurysm?

Femoral artery aneurysms are a frequently encountered form of peripheral artery aneurysms. They tend to occur in older men and women (more common in men). Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of femoral artery aneurysm?

Patients rarely have any symptoms due to femoral artery aneurysm, they are usually discovered on routine physical examination by a physician. So you might not know you have an aneurysm even if it’s large.

Aneurysms that occur near the surface of the body may show signs of swelling and pain. A large mass may also develop. The symptoms of ruptured aneurysms anywhere in the body can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pain
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

Serious complications from aneurysms can cause death if you don’t get emergency care.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Causes

What causes femoral artery aneurysm?

The cause of femoral artery aneurysms is unknown.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for femoral artery aneurysm?

There are many risk factors for femoral artery aneurysm, such as:

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is femoral artery aneurysm diagnosed?

CT scans and ultrasound methods are common tools used to diagnose or find blood vessel irregularities. CT scans use X-rays to examine the inside of your body. This allows your doctor to see the condition of the blood vessels, as well as any blockages, bulges, and weak spots that may be inside the blood vessels.

How is femoral artery aneurysm treated?

After confirmation of the presence of a femoral artery aneurysm, a determination is made as to whether repair is necessary at that time. Each case is different and a decision must be made by the patient’s vascular surgeon as to whether repair is necessary or whether close follow up and careful observation is the better course. Many issues must be taken into consideration including: the size of the femoral artery aneurysm, condition of the femoral artery above and below the aneurysm, presence or absence of blood clot within the femoral aneurysm, and the overall health of the patient.

Other treatments can include medications that treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Certain types of beta-blockers may also be prescribed to lower blood pressure. Lowering your blood pressure may keep your aneurysm from rupturing.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage femoral artery aneurysm?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you reduce your risk of femoral artery aneurysm:

  • Eating a healthy diet containing plenty of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables may help prevent an aneurysm from forming. Meat and poultry low in saturated fat and cholesterol are also good options for protein. Low-fat dairy products are also beneficial.
  • Regular exercise, especially cardio, can encourage healthy blood circulation and blood flow through the heart, arteries, and other blood vessels.
  • If you smoke tobacco products, now is the time to quit. Eliminating tobacco can decrease your risk for an aneurysm.
  • You should also see your doctor for annual checkups.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: August 24, 2018 | Last Modified: August 24, 2018

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