Abdominal aortic aneurysms: What you need to know

Published: August, 2015

Targeted screening and improved repair techniques may minimize the danger of this uncommon condition.

With a diameter roughly the size of a garden hose, the aorta is the body's largest artery. It curves out of the heart through the chest, passing straight down the center of the body before dividing into the arteries that serve the legs (see illustration).

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