The aorta is the body’s largest artery. It is the main blood vessel carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Emerging from the heart, the aorta branhes upwards and downward, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the head, arms, chest, abdomen, and legs.
The aorta is the main vessel that sends blood away from the heard to the rest of the body. It is shaped like a candy cane and is typically about as wide as a garden hose. When blood is pumped by the heart, it first travels through the aorta. An aortic aneurysm is a widening, bulge, or ballooning out of a portion of the aorta. Aneurysms usually occur where this is a weak spot in the aortic wall. Aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 15,000 – 20, 000 deaths annually.

Aortic Aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge that occurs in the wall of the major blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from your heart to your body. Aortic aneurysms can occur anywhere in your aorta and may be tube-shaped (fusiform) or round (sa


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Aortic Dissection

An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect). If


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