Small aneurysms don’t usually cause any symptoms. However, as aneurysms get bigger and depending on their location, they can cause pain in the groin, lower back, lower abdomen, chest, or above or behind your eye.

Larger aneurysms can also lead to:  

  • fainting spells
  • vision changes
  • a drooping eyelid
  • numbness or weakness on one side of your face or body
  • symptoms of heart failure (shortness of breath, swelling)
  • abdominal pulsations

These symptoms can signal that a rupture may occur—perhaps very soon. This is a medical emergency – you might need immediate surgery to repair the weakened blood vessel.

If a rupture occurs, the most common symptoms are severe abdominal pain and a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

Call your healthcare provider or seek emergency treatment without delay if you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you have heart disease.


Last Updated August 2020