Aortic Aneurysm

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022
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An aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, the large artery that brings blood from the heart with the chest and upper body. In 2019, about 59% of deaths because of aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection occur among men. The U, S. Preventive Services Task Force suggests that men 65 to 75 years old who have ever smoked need to get ultrasound testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms, even if they have no symptoms. Some inherited connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can increase your risk for aortic aneurysm. Your family might have a background of aortic aneurysms that can increase your risk. Arteries are blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other components of the body. Some people are at high risk for aneurysms. Testing is advised for people in between the ages of 65 and 75 if they have a family background, or if they are men who have smoked. Doctors use imaging tests to discover aneurysms. The force of blood pressing against the weakened or injured walls can cause an aneurysm. Aortic aneurysms can develop and grow before creating any symptoms.

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