Harvard Heart Letter

Refining the rules for abdominal aneurysm testing

A new scoring system could improve the detection of an enlarged aorta.

More than one million American men and women have a fragile bulge in the aorta, blood's main pipeline out of the heart. Most of them don't know it. In some people, this condition, called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), never poses a problem. In others, the bulge bursts, with catastrophic consequences.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »