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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Medical Management

Dr. Richard Lee
Methodist Aortic Network

If you have a small aortic aneurysm, your doctor may want to monitor it through an ultrasound examination every 6 months. The average growth rate of an aneurysm is less than 0.5 cm per year, and some grow much more slowly. Others may demonstrate "growth spurts," which is a serious warning sign.

If your doctor is monitoring a small aneurysm, he or she may advise certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, controlling your blood pressure and engaging in mild exercise to improve your overall fitness. In some instances, specific medications have been shown to significantly slow the progression of aneurysm growth.

Learn about other treatments for aortic disease:

For more information about the Methodist Aortic Network or to schedule an appointment, please call 713-441-5200 or complete our online contact us form.