An artery is a capillary that brings blood from your heart. The aorta carries blood from your heart to your abdomen, hips, and legs. If the wall of your aorta is weak, it can swell up like a balloon. AAA is an aneurysm that takes place in the part of the aorta going through the abdominal area. Aneurysms usually grow gradually with no symptoms. To evaluate for AAA, your physician might order ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound waves to look inside the body. If there's any swelling in your aorta, it can help your doctor see. AAA doesn't usually cause symptoms till it's a medical emergency. Blood vessels like the aorta can swell up slowly over time, so it's vital to talk with your medical professional about AAA to see if you need to get tested. A burst aneurysm can cause hazardous blood loss that can lead to fatality.
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