Abdominal aortic aneurysm

A normal aorta and an abdominal aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens in the section of the aorta that is in the belly.

Current as ofSeptember 26, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery

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