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Abdominal aortic aneurysms: Triple A, double trouble

The aorta is the largest artery in the body; it's also the strongest. But size and strength are not enough to protect this crucial blood vessel; in fact, the aorta is one of the body's most vulnerable arteries.

Although many things can go wrong with the aorta, the most common is an aneurysm; it's an unfamiliar term, but it's a well-chosen name based on the ancient Greek word that means "to widen."

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