An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swelling or bulging area in the abdominal aorta, the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm often causes no symptoms. However a ruptured aneurysm can be life-threatening.
Mr. Taylor sought medical advice and treatment from Jeannine R. Turner, MD, cardiologist at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and clinical instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A complete body CT scan revealed that the aneurysm was large and would soon rupture. "I was nervous about having surgery to repair the aneurysm, but it was only a matter of time before it would burst and I knew I was in good hands," says Mr. Taylor.
In January of 2010, Mr. Taylor underwent an open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in which the abnormal portion of the blood vessel was replaced with a graft. The surgery was performed by Mark K. Eskandari, MD, director of Carotid and Peripheral Artery Interventions at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
"I think about what would have happened if my doctor hadn't found the aneurysm," says Mr. Taylor. "It was a near miss. I have to think somebody's watching over me. I am so appreciative of Dr. Eskandari and everybody at Northwestern Memorial. They took such good care of me during what really was a life-saving effort."