An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery.
Aneurysms happen if the wall of the aorta becomes weakened by build-ups of fatty deposits, called plaque. This is also known as atherosclerosis.
Aortic aneurysms are dangerous because they may overstretch the aorta, causing it to burst and spill blood outside of the aorta.
Because the aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.
There are different types of aneurysms. They are named for the area in which they occur. Treatment may differ depending on the type of aneurysm.
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