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Abdominal Aorta Aneurysms

Understanding Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA): A Potentially Dangerous Condition

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or weakening in the aorta, the largest blood vessel in your body. This artery carries blood from the heart down through your abdomen. Over time, an aneurysm can enlarge, increasing the risk of rupture – a life-threatening medical emergency.

Who is at Risk?

The primary risk factors for AAA include:

The Silent Threat: Most AAAs Have No Symptoms

Most abdominal aortic aneurysms are discovered incidentally during scans for other reasons. Larger AAAs might cause these symptoms:

Rupture: A Medical Emergency

If an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, it causes severe internal bleeding. Signs of rupture include:

Importance of Screening and Monitoring

Treatment

The Takeaway

Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be life-threatening, but they're often manageable when identified early.  Here's what you can do:

Resources

Important Note: If you experience symptoms of a ruptured AAA, seek emergency medical attention immediately!