Chest X Ray. This test may be useful in detecting large thoracic aneurysms. CAT scan. A highly accurate but more expensive test for assessing both abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. MRI. A test that is useful in the assessment of both abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.

  1. Conventional Medicine: For inoperable aneurysms, you may be prescribed drugs that lower your blood pressure or reduce the force of your heart's contractions, thereby minimizing the risk of a rupture.
  2. Alternative Choices: The following treatments -- all primarily intended to prevent aneurysms -- should be pursued along with, not instead of, your doctor's orders.
  3. Mind/Body Medicine: Keeping your mind and body relaxed may prevent an aneurysm from worsening. Try stress-relieving exercises that you can do at home such as yoga or meditation.
  4. Nutrition and Diet: Dietary changes that lower blood pressure and slow atherosclerosis may help prevent an aneurysm from developing.