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Each year approximately 200,000 new cases of abdominal aortic aneurysms are diagnosed. Also known as a AAA, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta which could rupture with life-threatening results.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm can be a life threatening condition.
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may be at risk for these potentially devastating conditions. Preventative vascular ultrasound screenings includes scanning of the abdominal aorta to help discover health risks.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is the swelling or ballooning of the abdominal aorta. The aorta is the main artery that carries oxygen-filled blood from the heart to all parts of the body. In the abdomen, the aorta splits (bifurcates) into the iliac arteries, which carry blood to the legs and other lower areas of the body.
An aneurysm is a ballooning of the aorta which results from a weakened section in the artery that cannot support the force of blood flow Although an aneurysm can occur in any artery of the body, it is most common in the abdominal aorta and the iliac arteries. While the aorta’s diameter normally ranges from 3 / 4 -inch to 1 -inch, an aneurysm can cause it to grow to several times its normal size. This condition, if not treated, could result in a rupture (bursting) of the aorta. The risk of rupture increases with aneurysm size and high blood pressure. Ruptured aneurysms are frequently fatal and are a leading cause of death in the US .