A suspected rupture of a brain aneurysm is a true medical emergency. No specific treatment can be given at home.

  1. Traditional surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm involves making a large incision in the chest or abdomen, temporarily redirecting blood flow around the aneurysm, removing the aneurysm, and replacing the damaged portion of the blood vessel with a man-made graft.
  2. New techniques include the placement of a collapsible tubular device called a stent graft using a catheter instead of surgery. This is called endovascular aortic repair.
  3. Stent grafts are usually considered an alternative to traditional surgical repair of aortic aneurysms, especially in older or sicker people for whom surgery poses too great of a risk.