Daily Living – Endovascular Stent Graft Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)


An abdominal aortic aneurysm may increase the risk for clogged arteries and heart disease. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is important to help reduce this risk.

Stop Smoking

Smoking damages the arteries, contributes to clogged arteries and high blood pressure, and may encourage the growth of aneurysms. Smokers are advised to quit, and non-smokers to stay away from second hand smoke.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol. High levels of fats and cholesterol increase the chance of heart disease due to clogged arteries.

Get Daily Exercise

Take a walk, swim, ride a bike, but don’t lift weights. Regular exercise helps control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Start off slowly, and check the exercise regime with a doctor prior to starting. Don’t lift weights or other heavy objects without the doctor’s approval.

Long-Term Risks

Annual monitoring from once the device is fitted may be necessary. This may be monitored with devices such as computed tomography (also known as CAT scan or CT). Depending on the implant, more frequent exams and images may be taken. This will be the decision of the doctor.