Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Understanding the different types of aneurysms

An aortic aneurysm is a weakened area in the aorta, the vessel that travels from the heart through the torso. Most aortic aneurysms occur in the abdominal area, but about 25% occur in the chest and are called thoracic aortic aneurysms.
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